FREDDY vs JASON vs ASH

Looking at unmade science fiction, fantasy, horror and superhero films, television shows and episodes.

An umade Freddy vs Jason sequel.

BACKGROUND

First suggested in 1987, The Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm St horror franchises joined together in 2003’s Freddy vs Jason. The film’s success lead to talk of a sequel, with a third franchise brought into the mix. Among the possibilities floated was to add the hero of the Evil Dead trilogy Ash Williams.

DEVELOPMENT

A treatment was written by Jeff Katz and a meeting was arranged between New Line Cinema’s Bob Shaye and Sam Raimi (director and writer/co-writer of the Evil Dead trilogy). Raimi has stated that “I didn’t want to be in a position where I was protecting Ash, the character that I want to eventually make another movie with one day, protecting him and not allowing the director to do what he felt he had to do. I didn’t want to be in a weird position like that.” Bruce Campbell, who played Ash in the trilogy expressed similar sentiments.

STORY

Freddy and Jason continue to fight.  Ash comes to town.  Hilarity ensures.

see also the story Treatment at Bloody Disgusting.

CANCELLATION

Freddy Kruger actor, Robert Englund since said the film was “very close” to being made, however, without Raimi and Campbell’s say so, there was no possibility of the film happening.

LEGACY

In 2007 a Freddy vs Jason vs Ash comic was published by Dynamite Press (holders of theArmy of Darkness (Evil Dead 3) comic book license) and Wildstorm (a DC Comics imprint, owned by Time Warner as is New Line Cinema). The comic is said to be based on Katz’s treatment.

No sequel to Freddy vs Jason was made with – or without – Ash Williams. In 2009 the Friday the 13th franchise was rebooted, followed by the A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot in 2010. Finally in 2013, the Evil Dead franchise was rebooted (with a cameo my Campbell as Ash) although Raimi still talks of a fourth film in the original series.

~ DUG.

Originally Posted 12 December 2013

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