Ecstatic altogether though we are to have ol’ Groovy Bruce back in the saddle for Starz’s Ash vs. Evil Dead, one can’t help wonder if Ash might cross paths with the rebooted Evil Dead world. We’ve heard Sam Raimi say as much before, but are Ash and Mia going to be vs.-ing the Evil Dead any time soon?

The option still remains on the table, though sadly, Raimi seems to be walking back his earlier words for now. Entertainment Weekly reports that despite the Evil Dead director’s interest in sharing a universe with Fede Alvarez’s 2013 remake, the first Ash Vs. Evil Dead season will have its own demonic problems to contend with, let alone factoring in any kind of additional crossover:

That’s something that I said I wanted to see. And I talked to Fede Alvarez, the director of the Evil Dead remake, and even said it at Comic-Con. But the reality is, once you’ve got these showrunners and writers working on this juggernaut, trying to figure out where the season’s going to go, it’s very hard to simultaneously write a combo movie that would fit in with where the series is going to end up at that particular point, and it really would have to coalesce with what the writers are doing in the writers’ room. So even though I said it, realistically, I don’t know how we’d be able to pull it off at this particular moment.

Alvarez had previously spoken to the possibility of introducing Bruce Campbell’s Ash after a sequel to his own film, while Raimi suggested in July that the two might team up eventually. In the meantime, Ash Vs. Evil Dead will premiere in all its visceral glory this coming Saturday, and you might forget all about any need for crossover.