Paul Giamatti Says 'Bubba Nosferatu' Will Eventually Happen
If for some reason you're looking to have your film gain cult classic status, it's not a bad idea to work Bruce Campbell into the mix somehow. Director Don Coscarelli certainly scored one with his alternative take on musical icon Elvis Presley (Campbell) in the dark comedy Bubba Ho-Tep. Luckily Ron Perlman was eager to fill Campbell's shoes when the actor decided not to return for the sequel Bubba Nosferatu, but it sounds like the project still has an uphill battle to get off the ground due to a lack of financing. Fortunately, co-star Paul Giamatti told MTV, "I'm going to fucking break my spine in half if I have to to get that thing done."
Giamatti, who will be playing Elvis Presley's manager "Colonel" Tom Parker in this sequel, is absolutely dedicated to making Bubba Nosferatu happen (Ron Perlman has also voiced his support in mentioning the project on a couple occasions), but apparently it's been quite a challenge. Here's what Giamatti had to say:
"We've been trying so hard and we've had so many near-misses," he continued. "It's almost come together like 15 freaking times and then it falls apart. At some point we're going to get that done because it's a great script. We'll get it done at some point. I think it's just the atmosphere of movies right now, smaller movies. Nobody has the balls to make a movie for under -- it's got to be a $40 million comedy or a $200 million 'Avatar,' and that's it. Those are the only things anybody wants to make right now. Nobody wants to do anything else. Everybody's terrified of doing anything else except that kind of thing. So that movie is deemed way too bizarre and outside the box right now. Which is stupid, because there's an audience for that movie, totally."
If you're among the part of the population that hasn't seen Bubba Ho-Tep, the film tells the "true" story of Elvis Presley. The King now lives as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home, who switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his "death", then missed his chance to switch back. Upon meeting Jack (Ossie Davis), a fellow nursing home resident who thinks that he's actually President John F. Kennedy, the two historical figures must team-up to battle an evil Egyptian entity who has chosen the nursing home as his happy hunting grounds. Sounds just like a cult classic right?
Fans of cult classics are a hard demographic to get a gauge on though, since there's no telling what strange flick they'll throw their support behind next. I can understand why studios are apprehensive to put money behind the sequel since Bubba Ho-Tep only made around $1.2 million in theaters. But the film did receive plenty of critical praise, and found a good audience on DVD, so no doubt there's some people excited for it. And with all the crazy takes on famous icons like Paul is Undead (zombie Beatles) and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, there's bound to be an even bigger audience soon. So if you're among the audience who enjoyed the hell out of Bubba Ho-Tep, speak out and let studios know how much you want Nosferatu!