WonderCon 2013 Exclusive Interview: Bruce Campbell Talks 'Army of Darkness 2,' 'Bruce vs. Frankenstein' and 'Bubba Ho-tep Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires'

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WonderCon 2013 Exclusive Interview: Bruce Campbell Talks 'Army of Darkness 2,' 'Bruce vs. Frankenstein' and 'Bubba Ho-tep Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires'

Hail to the king, baby! 

With Evil Dead, a remake to the groundbreaking horror classic, opening on April 5th, rumors about the future of the franchise have been circulating for several weeks now. At the new film’s recent SXSW premiere, director Fede Alvarez announced that a sequel to his remake was in the works. While the original trilogy’s director Sam Raimi admitted during his press tour for Oz the Great and Powerful, that he was planning on writing a forth installment of the franchise with his brother Ivan. At first, the proposed film was considered to be entitled Evil Dead 4, but was later confirmed to actually be Army of Darkness 2, a direct sequel to the final film in the original series. 

Today, at WonderCon 2013 during a panel presentation for Evil Dead, Alvarez and producer/original series star Bruce Campbell announced that their ultimate plan would be for Alvarez’s Evil Dead 2 and Raimi’s Army of Darkness 2 to be followed by a seventh movie that merges the narratives of both films and include the characters of Ash (Campbell) and Mia (Jane Levy). Campbell was even quoted as saying, “I think seven is a nice number.” 

However, when I had a chance to speak with actor/producer Bruce Campbell right before the panel, he seemed less enthused with the possibilities of a sequel to Army of Darkness and reprising his legendary role as Ash. The following is my conversation with Campbell about the proposed sequel, why he is so skeptical, and how he feels about returning to play his beloved character. I also had a chance to ask him about proposed sequels to two of his other popular films, Bruce vs. Frankenstein, which is a follow up to ‘2007s My Name is Bruce. As well as Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires, a sequel to ‘2002s Bubba Ho-tep, a movie that up until this point the actor has stated he had no interest in making.  

Here is what the fan-favorite actor had to say:

IAR: To begin with, can you talk about the current status of Army of Darkness 2?

Bruce Campbell: There is no status. It’s all in Sam’s mouth right now. He claims he’s going to write Army of Darkness 2 this summer with his brother Ivan. Sam says a lot of things. Sam is the P.T. Barnum of the modern day.

You seem skeptical. Do you think the film might not really happen?

Campbell: Look I’m fine with it. The funny thing is Evil Dead could cause it to happen. If there is enough momentum from this, it does well and fans are that interested, then okay lets give it to them. Sam may want to do a different, smaller movie first.

Would this be a continuation of the director’s cut ending or the theatrical ending of Army of Darkness?

Campbell: Who the fuck knows? Nobody knows. 

Are you looking forward to reprising your classic role as Ash?

Campbell: Nobody knows. These are all questions that aren’t worth answering because there are no answers. You could ask a thousand questions but I have zero answers for you. Just know that it has renewed a conversation about it and that’s all that is really true.

You must be you pleased with all the renewed interest in the franchise, correct?

Campbell: It’s fine. Look I have nothing but good things to say about The Evil Dead movies. They got me into the business and got me going. So sure, another one, maybe, who knows? We’ll see. But we’ve all had other shit to do too. The last one was not done since ’91. That’s twenty-two years ago. That’s as long as my marriage and that’s a long marriage, twenty-two years. So it’s not like its fresh in our minds. Those are fading memories. It’s fresh to people who are watching them but the experience of making them is all random little snippets and images now. 

Finally, is Bruce vs. Frankenstein going to end up happening?

Campbell: Once we get a script that doesn’t blow, yea.

So you’re not happy with the current script?

Campbell: No, and that happens all the time. You got to fix it. There is no point in getting money to make a movie unless you fix the script. 

Was that the problem with Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires? As that the reason you left the project?

Campbell: I wasn’t happy with that version. Don (Coscarelli) can go make it, just not with me. But you know if we get that worked out then that might happen too.

So you would be open to reprising your role as Elvis Presley?

Campbell: Yea, the stars would all have to align but that could happen too. 

Evil Dead opens in theaters on April 5th.

Look for more from my conversation with Bruce Campbell about Evil Dead closer to the film's April 5th release date. 

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