Blastr was in New Zealand recently and toured the Ash Vs Evil Dead set. There's article on their site regarding the show and a brief interview with Rob.
What can fans expect from the Comic-Con appearance of AvED? In their statements below, Campbell and Tapert add insight to their big showing at the SDCC "Big Show" that might turn a zombie-loving nation of Dead-heads into Deadite nerds
Where is the series set?
Rob Tapert: We wanted to set the series in mythical Michigan. The first movie was actually shot in Tennessee. We wanted to shoot it in Michigan but couldn't because of weather, and this proved too expensive to shoot in Michigan, but we want to honor our Michigan roots, and the roots that gave rise to the Evil Dead. We would say it's Michigan with trees that don't exist there.
How are they building out the show from a couple movies to an entire series?
Rob Tapert: One of the unique challenges was settling on the mythology. The Evil Dead movies were so loose. You could drive trucks through the holes in them, so to stand up and have a logic and universe that stood on its own has been an ongoing challenge. We believe we've gotten through the first season making much smaller those loopholes that are part of the franchise. That storytelling: What are they? How are they different? Why is it not a zombie? All of those have been challenges along the road. The audience won't think we're just throwing things at them, but understand there's a rationale to what's happened. There is a set of rules, as loose as they may be, they're being followed.
About that chainsaw…
That sucker is real. Sort of. When I visited the prop workshop, I learned that the red motor housing is made of fiberglass and packed full of goodies. Inside there is a motherboard and a trigger for Campbell to pull and unleash hell. As the motor rips, there is a mechanism that spews smoke. And because this is a horror show, there is tubing that allows for blood to be pumped through when things need to get gory. Another fun fact: While there is a safety bar with a car timing belt and latex chainsaw teeth in use, expect to see a version that allows Ash to actually cut into the nearest Deadite.