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Bruce Campbell Plans Frankenstein Smackdown, Talks New 'Evil Dead'

'My Name is Bruce' sequel may add some horror icons to its cast

Describing it as the "300" of horror comedies, actor Bruce Campbell is hoping for another round of amusing monster mayhem with "Bruce vs. Frankenstein," a sequel to his 2007 film "My Name is Bruce."

Campbell is currently juggling work on "Bruce vs. Frankenstein" with his role on USA Network's Burn Notice. A TV movie for that series recently forced Campbell to place the sequel on the back burner, however.

Campbell is using the delay to shape the project, and is seeking a few horror icons to join the cast, including Kane Hodder as Frankenstein and Robert Englund as a hardcore rogue.

"I want to give them other stuff to do," Campbell said in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. "I want to have Kane Hodder be very particular about what he eats. I want Robert Englund to be a tough guy, like he knows tae kwon do or something. I want to find out the hidden sides of all these people.

"Some will play themselves, some will play alternate characters as well. I may approach Kane Hodder to play Frankenstein. He could be Kane Hodder himself fighting himself as Frankenstein."

In "My Name is Bruce," Campbell played himself, a B-movie horror icon, as he reluctantly helped a small town vanquish a vengeful monster.

The ideas behind the sequel will build on that concept, but Campbell is not sold on the story's direction yet.

"There's a script, it just kind of blows right now, so no one's really seeing it," Campbell explained. "We gotta work on it. Definitely shoot in Oregon all on a stage.

"It's like the '300' of horror comedies. We want to make it a whole world. Someone's gotta take Frank down for good."

In addition to "Bruce vs. Frankenstein," Campbell also touched upon the possibility of an "Evil Dead" sequel. Is director Sam Raimi planning more adventures for Ash?

"None of us have said no," he said. "I think Sam is always tweaking with the idea. He's joked with a couple of concepts. He has threatened to do it multiple times. He'll put a false statement out just to torment people. We joke that when he's got one eye left and I'm in the old actors' home, that's when we'll do it. But we both have day jobs now.

"The 'Evil Dead' movies, you really have to lock up about two years of your life for each 'Evil Dead' movie and we don't really have the time right now. Sam says that he will gladly get back on that track, but right now he's on that A-picture train and he's getting a lot more creative freedoms afforded to him with his success. I don't know that he needs to right now. And I'm kinda busy with the No. 1 show on cable. I don't think about it a lot because I'm busy doing other stuff."

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Bryant L. Griffin is managing editor for Airlock Alpha, 1701News and Rabid Doll, and a writer for the entire GenreNexus network. He works at a major-metro newspaper and served as a journalist in the U.S. Army. In 2002, he joined Nexus Media Group Inc., contributing to many early design concepts before shifting his focus back to writing. Bryant hails from Tampa, Fla.
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