11/10/2014 05:25 pm ET Updated Nov 10, 2014

Starz Orders 'Evil Dead' TV Series

Evil Dead

Get ready for more Ash Williams and "Evil Dead." Starz announced Monday that it would turn Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" movies into a new series, "Ash vs. Evil Dead." Bruce Campbell, who played Ash in the original movies, will return to reprise his role.

The network said in a statement that the 10-episode series will premiere next year. Ash is now a "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." Per Starz, "When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons -– personal and literal.” Raimi will direct the first episode, which he wrote his brother, Ivan Raimi.

“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,” Campbell said.

The first "Evil Dead" movie premiered in 1981, and was followed by three more installments: "Evil Dead II" (1987), "Army of Darkness" (1992) and "Evil Dead" (2013).



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