After seeing the retro Freddy vs. Jason footage that popped up online recently, some more news involving a planned sequel has come to light, including some interesting information about the addition of the Evil Dead franchise’s own Ashley J. Williams (Bruce Campbell). Conversations surrounding the sequel involved the possibility of including Halloween‘s Michael Myers, Hellraiser’s Pinhead, Child’s Play‘s Chucky, and even Warwick Davis’ infamous Leprechaun, but the writers settled on Ash as the best possible choice, going so far as to write an ending in which the legendary monster-killer would put an end to Freddy Krueger once and for all.
Below, we’ve got some recently leaked documents originally hosted on Bloody Disgusting, that reveal some pretty major things about the unmade sequel, including the fact that Robert Englund – the actor who’d played Freddy Krueger throughout the original franchise – was actually getting sick of the makeup required for the role. The notes read:
“Per our conversations with him [Englund] in the past, he agrees that the fans will embrace and accept the idea of Ash killing off our burned villain for good, as opposed to their reaction should a 16-year-old virgin girl do the job (again).”
Unfortunately, a major reason the film never happened was because of Sam Raimi’s 2004 remake of The Grudge, which he produced and which ultimately led to a renewed interest in an Evil Dead remake that didn’t get made until 2013 when Fede Alvarez directed, and it didn’t really concern itself with the original franchise’s mythology. Thankfully, we have the excellent series on Starz, Ash vs. Evil Dead (although certain rights’ issues have prevented them from exploring the Army of Darkness of it all). The interesting thing is, none of this should have interfered with Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash. In fact, what really killed the project was the 2010 remake starring Jackie Earle Haley, which was only made so New Line could retain the character rights.
As far as what’s going on in 2017, New Line has been putting a lot of their energy into the wildly successful Conjuring universe, for good reason. The franchise has already grossed more than $300 million dollars domestically with just three films in the series, and four more already on the way. However, the rights to Friday the 13th are reverting back to New Line at the end of the year, so it is very possible (some might even say probable) that we’ll get a new Freddy vs. Jason movie in the near future. As far as introducing Ash into the mix, unless you’re willing to watch a bunch of no-budget fan films, the chances are slim to none. Here is a 2016 quote from Bruce Campbell on the subject;
“I’ll be honest with you. I’m not real interested in crossovers. One of the main reasons why ‘Ash vs. Jason vs. Freddy’ did not come to pass is because we couldn’t control any other character other than Ash. That felt like a creatively bankrupt way to go. Not to mention, you’re splitting the proceeds three ways with partners you might not want.”
Unfortunately, the time has come and gone for a true crossover event of this caliber, but Sam Raimi has given us a decade and a half’s worth of great material since this concept was being thrown around, including 2004’s Spider-Man 2 and 2009’s Drag Me to Hell. That said, a true Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash movie would have really been something. In its place, though, you can read these pretty detailed notes and picture the best version of the movie in your head. Chances are, with the way studios work, it’ll probably be better than the movie they’d have ended up making anyways.
In the meantime, check out season three of Ash vs. Evil Dead on Starz this fall!
Images: Starz, New Line Cinema, Dynamite Publishing
Source: Bloody Disgusting