Crossover projects are notoriously hit-and-miss. Whether existing in a film, televised, or literature form, having two (or more) characters or worlds cross paths can sound like an extremely good and very exciting idea on paper, but logistical questions can put a damper on any potential outcome. Who “controls” the characters in the story line, if they come from different companies? Do they exist in similar enough worlds to have the chance of them meeting make sense? Will it be a collaborative team-up or a head-to-head battle – and if it’s the latter, then who will win?
One of the most famous movie crossovers from the horror genre was the long-gestating matchup that finally took place on-screen in 2003’s ‘Freddy vs. Jason.’ The two iconic figures came together in a face-off that fans thoroughly enjoyed (even if critics didn’t necessarily); the idea for the two to get together and tussle had been floating around since the 1980s, but again – logistics are usually key for crossovers like this which incorporate two characters owned by two very separate entities.
With a global box office take of nearly quadruple its budget, it seemed like a no-brainer that the film would generate a sequel, and folks started talking right away about which other iconic horror character could come in to spice up the next film as a “trio” outing. While many options were bandied about, the possibility that came the closest to actual fruition seemed to be ‘Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash,’ but the film idea never made it out of “Development Hell.” The closest fans have gotten so far are two six-issue comic-book mini-series featuring the three characters together – but will a cinematic outing ever happen?
During a recent Reddit AMA, ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ leading man and franchise star Bruce Campbell answered that exact question rather plainly:
“I’ll be honest with you. I’m not real interested in crossovers. One of the main reasons why ‘Ash vs. Jason vs. Freddy’ did not come to pass is because we couldn’t control any other character other than Ash. That felt like a creatively bankrupt way to go. Not to mention, you’re splitting the proceeds three ways with partners you might not want.”
So there you have it, folks: seems like a firm No from Camp Ash, but as always in the crazy world of Hollywood: never say never.
Source: Screen Rant
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