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Ron Perlman Delivers an Optimistic Bubba Nosferatu Update

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August 14, 2009
Source: Fangoria

Ron Perlman / Bubba Ho-Tep

I'm not even sure why, but Bubba Nosferatu is one of those projects where I'm happy to keep everyone update on, no matter how big or small the details. It probably won't even get that much attention until its about to hit theaters, but I'm still inherently looking forward to it, maybe because Ron Perlman is set to star. Perlman gave an update to Fangoria (via SlashFilm) recently and it's looking pretty good, as long as everything still comes together. The last we heard, back in April, Perlman had said that shooting is "looking good for maybe late fall," but of course in Hollywood, plans like that can always fall apart at any minute.

"Well, I have this window that's about to open... I just spoke to Paul Giamatti [who is set to play Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker] and [director] Don Coscarelli this morning, and we're just moving the ball down the field, trying to get her done," Perlman told Fangoria. We've already heard about Giamatti's involvement in this, as he was actually the one who broke the news about Perlman being cast to replace Bruce Campbell from Bubba Ho-Tep. Though there's another actor who we can add to the cast of Bubba Nosferatu as well - Angus Scrimm. Scrimm, who recently co-starred in I Sell the Dead with Perlman, will play a Boris Karloff-like horror star who Elvis meets up with in Las Vegas on the set of a vampire movie.

Perlman is quite excited to finally get to play Elvis, even in a crazy cult horror flick like this. "He's so iconic because there was never anyone like him and never since... He's so iconic, he's mythic. I’m very titillated to see what it's gonna be like to be inside the white jumpsuit." So there you have it! Another new cast member, more indication that it might shoot this year, everything seems to be coming together. Let's hope it just doesn't fall apart last minute. Even though I wasn't the biggest fan of Bruce Campbell's Bubba Ho-Tep from 2002, I am looking forward to this prequel quite a bit, especially to see Perlman playing Elvis this time.

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  • sean
    can.'t wait ha ha first
  • Caitie
    I'm not sure I wanna see this without Bruce Campbell. :-(
  • http://twitter.com/gimmesumsuga Mathieu
    #2 I know what you mean, speaking as big, big fan of Bruce, but Perlman is about as good a replacement as you're ever likely to get. Coscarelli is such a decent, hardworking filmmaker who never seems to have any luck at all, so I'm hopeful this will come together for him. And getting an actor as classy as Giamatti in this sequel is still rather mind-boggling! :)
  • Fed Up With Hollywood
    Yeah, I have to agree. I think Ron Perlman is awesome, but no Bruce, no Bubba. :(
  • TheManWithNoName
    I didn't know Bruce Campbell wasn't going to be in this. That really sucks, he's the only reason Bubba Ho-Tep was any good. I like Ron Perlman, but as Elvis? That's not a very good casting choice. Oh well, I don't want to complain though. I just won't watch it now. Too bad.
  • Gill
    Ron Perlman is cool, but he's no Bruce. Much like the other commenters here...I'm not sure if I want to see this without Bruce Campbell involved.
  • DoomCanoe
    LONG LIVE BRUCE! that sucks that he is not going to be in this. And Alex how could you not like a movie where Elvis and a black JFK fight off a mummy? that's like the funniest thing ever.
  • cornholio_by_the_sea
    Damn!!! I really like Ron Perlman but without Bruce I just cant see this taking off....this is serious Bruce Campbell territory here...all respects to Perlman but I just dont think it will fly....
  • http://twitter.com/gimmesumsuga Mathieu
    I don't think Giamatti would sign up for this if the script didn't live up to the original. Have faith!
  • tommyturner
    Why on earth is Bruce Campbell not in this movie???????????????????
  • http://twitter.com/gimmesumsuga Mathieu
    #10 Because he doesn't want to be. He couldn't come to an agreement with Coscarelli over the direction of the script, so in order to preserve their friendship, Campbell dropped out but gave his blessing for the film to continue without him.
  • tommyturner
    Thanks #11 for the response! I wonder what the specific diagreements were? It's a darn shame because it would have been nice to have Campbell in another series of what will be cult films.
  • Byers
    Without Bruce, why bother. And anyone who doesn't like Bubba Ho-Tep should simply not be writing about movies.
  • Danjer047
    This is nothing, absolutely nothing, without Bruce Campbell as Elvis... He made Bubba Ho-Tep amazing with his performance... How am I supposed to believe that Ron Perlman could possibly be Elvis?.... It doesn't make any sense at all from a casting standpoint... Ron Livingston would have been a better Ron too choose...

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