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!
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
Man, I really want this movie to get made. Especially with Giamati in the mix.
FancyMonocle on Jul 6, 2010
Bubba Ho-Tep is one of my favorite movies, and Bruce Campbell at his best. But without Bruce....
John Stamos on Jul 6, 2010
You know. I don't understand Bruce Campbell. I love the man. I have supported all of his works. But these days it seems like he isn't interested in making his fan base happy. He honestly just does nothing. Burn Notice? Cool, whatever. But fuck. He KNOWS what people are willing to pay good money to see him do. He's just fucking stubborn. What a douche. I love you Bruce. But fuck you. These projects could go so much smoother.
Cracky on Jul 6, 2010
I just gained new respect for Paul Giamatti cant wait
DoomCanoe on Jul 6, 2010
Ever thought that that Bubba Ho-Tep doesn't need a sequel? Bruce feels that way. Bubba Nosferatu is a BAD move. Stupid to even consider it. Why can't people (film-makers and fans) just leave projects like these alone? There is no more story to tell. The plot was wrapped up and finished in a single film. Why tarnish it with a sequel that has no reason for being?
Sebastian Haff on Jul 7, 2010
I don't know but paul giamati I'm not watching it
Jimmy Love on Jul 7, 2010
Do I really want to see this movie without Bruce? Yes, I guess I do. But I still feel as if a little piece of me has died!
Eric on Jul 7, 2010
Bubba Ho-tep should have been titled Bubba No-tep. I am not Surprised nor do i blame Campbell for not returning for another installment. I guess if you are going to do something, do it all the waH. even if it is makeing 120 minutes that a person will waste thier life on and never be able to regain. I will acknowledge the sucess of the DVD contributing it entirely on drug and alcohol use by the viewers. And dont get me wrong, in no way am i downing the users. we all have our vices.
tcmn on Jul 7, 2010
Loved BubbaHoTep but doing a sequel is a bad idea and a worse idea is doing it without Bruce.
Heckle0 on Jul 7, 2010
how the f*ck are they going to spin this sh*t up??? Elvis passed away at the end of Buba Ho-Tep....he had none of this Nosferatu biz in his background so WTF is going to make this fly??? really like the work of Perlman & Giamatti but without Bruce, this thing aint gonna get off the ground...total waste of good $$$... no way I would spend actual money to see this...if it ever gets made, I might catch it on Netflix Instant Play...
blasphemer on Jul 8, 2010
Who cares? No Campbell, no point.
twittwit on Jul 9, 2010
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