Bruce Campbell knows how unfair his fans can be. In an interview with TV Guide, Campbell spoke about the upcoming Evil Dead remake and the decision to not include the Ash character. He essentially points out that there’s just no pleasing people. Fans are upset now at the exclusion of Ash, but he notes that if the character were used, whichever actor got the role would be unfairly compared to Campbell. And that type of criticism could take down the entire remake.
He’s right. I’m sure he and Sam Raimi are both aware that they are in a lose-lose situation. The Evil Dead films are classics. To try to do anything with them will only upset the unwashed masses. Did they learn nothing from The Thing prequel? (TV Guide)