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Even before 20th Century Fox's Alien vs. Predator captured the top spot at the boxoffice over the weekend, New Line Cinema began plotting a new face-off for its horror favorites, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, who had their own moment at the top of the boxoffice in August 2003 with Freddy vs. Jason. Sources said the studio is in negotiations with director-producer Sam Raimi for a project titled Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash. In the proposed sequel, Freddy (the A Nightmare on Elm Street films) and Jason (the Friday the 13th pics) would go up against Ash, the cynical anti-hero survivor of Raimi's Evil Dead trilogy, which also includes Army of Darkness. Bruce Campbell played the character in the trilogy and would play him again if the deal were to close. Although Raimi would not direct, he holds rights to the Evil Dead franchise. Freddy vs. Jason grossed more than $74 million, so even if a deal with Raimi can't be reached, New Line is determined to find a way to extend the franchise by introducing a new character or just pitting Freddy and Jason against each other one more time.

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