‘The Evil Dead’ is back ‘to kick some monster butt’ on TV

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Sam Raimi is producing an "Evil Dead" series on Starz

Star Bruce Campbell is reprising the role of Ash Williams

The series, "Ash vs. Evil Dead," will have 10 half-hour episodes

CNN  — 

Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” has risen once again.

Starz is at work on a TV series follow-up to the classic horror franchise, which kicked off in 1981 with the namesake “The Evil Dead.”

In the first film, we were introduced to Bruce Campbell’s Ash Williams, who takes an ill-fated vacation with friends to an isolated cabin in the woods of Tennessee. Within that cabin was the Book of the Dead, which unleashed some horrific demons – and the start of a popular movie franchise. There have been two additional “Evil Dead” movies, plus a reboot in 2013.

Starz’s series is going to revive Campbell’s Ash Williams, “the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead,” the synopsis says. “When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons – personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its ‘Evil’ grip.”

The official title of the project is “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” and Starz is planning for 10 half-hour episodes. The best news is that Campbell’s back as Ash, and Raimi’s on board as a writer and director. Producer Rob Tapert is also returning to executive produce with Campbell and Raimi.

“‘Evil Dead’ has always been a blast,” Raimi said in a statement. “Bruce, Rob and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the next chapter in Ash’s lame, but heroic saga. With his chainsaw arm and his ‘boomstick,’ Ash is back to kick some monster butt. And brother, this time there’s a truckload of it.”

Added Campbell, “I’m really excited to bring this series to the ‘Evil Dead’ fans worldwide – it’s going to be everything they have been clamoring for: serious Deadite ass-kicking and plenty of outrageous humor.”