‘Freddy vs. Jason’ didn’t quite make the splash warranted to bring ‘Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash‘ from pre-development to actually being filmed but Robert Englund had a surprising pick for the winner. His money was on Ash. In fact, Sam Raimi had agreed and was arguing with New Line at the time who wanted Krueger to win as he was the biggest of the three franchises.
Sadly, we know it never came to be but here is at least one of the actor’s takes on the film had it happened;
“I am very disappointed. We left some money on the table, as they say in Hollywood, right after the great success of Freddy vs. Jason. Sam Raimi was the king of the world; he had all the money in the world because of Spider-Man. I’m a huge fan of Sam’s and I’m a big fan of Bruce Campbell. They had this idea, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash. Now we’re in what we call post-Deadpool, post-Guardians of the Galaxy perception; but back then we hadn’t had that kind of a film yet, with the exception of Evil Dead and Freddy vs. Jason, that were really mashing graphic novel and comedy and horror and science fiction. So I loved this idea.
Sam Raimi wanted Ash to win. He wanted him to win the match. Which I thought was a great idea. New Line Cinema was against it because I had just had my ass kicked by Jason; they were afraid, cause I was the most successful of the three franchises, they were afraid. ‘We can’t have Freddy killed twice in a row.’ And I was like, ‘Wait a minute, guys. You revived me, you resurrected me with dog urine! It’s real easy to bring Freddy back. Come on. That’s not that hard to do.
But anyway. I loved the idea. I had this vision of the poster. Bruce Campbell with his shirt open and all of his abs spray painted and highlighted, with Freddy Krueger under [one] arm and Jason under [the other] arm. And the poster would say: ‘Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: Keeping the world safe from sequels.’”
With two of these three being able to come back with no issues it would have made sense for Ash to be the winner if he hadn’t fallen into some other dimension or time period at the end of the movie. It would have been interesting to see the Necronomicon involved as well since it could quite likely have tied all three series together if done right.
You can also watch the extended commentary below!
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