‘Evil Dead 4’ Won’t Rely On Younger Sidekick, Says Bruce Campbell

Two weeks ago, director Sam Raimi shocked Comic-Con with a declaration that “Evil Dead” would rise again. So when can we start salivating with anticipation?

“When he’s ready, I’m ready,” star Bruce Campbell told MTV News.

While nothing remains written or planned, Campbell and Raimi have actually discussed the long-anticipated movie at length, the man with the million dollar chin insisted, saying that they already have a basic idea of where to take Ash, the poor S-Mart clerk who’s already narrowly survived three adventures – the last of which, “Army of Darkness,” got released in 1992.

Part of that plan, naturally, involves accounting for the fact that the last “Evil Dead” movie got released in 1992.

“Sam gets to hide behind the camera. I can’t. But I think he’s planning on factoring that in,” Campbell revealed. “As like a major factor. It’d be a major liability, you know Ash runs out of breath or his back goes out and [stuff] like that. I mean I just blew my hamstring fighting a stunt guy for ’Burn Notice,’ the show that I’m doing now. So there’s a little bit of truth to all of that!”

An older Ash? Why not, Campbell asked, especially given that this has truly been the year of the aging action star, what with movies like “Live Free or Die Hard” and “Indiana Jones” showcasing senior citizen commandos.

About those two movies though while we’re talking about them – you know those annoying characters played by Shia LaBeouf and Justin Long? The young sidekick character? Yeah, not so much gonna happen in “Evil Dead,” Campbell declared.

“I think the audience would be insulted if you did, because then you feel this obvious pressure to appeal,” he said. “The beauty of the ‘Evil Dead’ movies is that you’re only appealing to one demographic and that’s people who like horror movies. And you just have to please them. You don’t have to appeal to the studio. You’re already pleasing them by giving them part 4.”

Of course, for all his declarations, everything is just “smoke and mirrors at this point,” the actor said jokingly. But is there anything definitive he can tell us about “Evil Dead 4”?

“Nobody knows anything,” he said. “I mean if we were really smart [though], we’d go back to a handheld movie and shoot it in 16mm and find someplace in the middle of nowhere. And have a crew of 10 people. If we were smart.”

What do you think of Campbell’s thoughts on “Evil Dead 4”? Want an aging Ash? Should it be shot with a crew of 10 in the middle of nowhere? This is my boomstick – below are your comments.