It’s been more than a decade since Phantasm director Don Coscarelli’s Bubba Ho-Tep independently made the festival and theatrical rounds turning it into cult classic. In the film, Elvis (Bruce Campbell) and JFK (Ossie Davis) are both alive and in nursing homes fighting for the souls of their fellow residents in a battle with an ancient Egyptian Mummy.
Since then, Coscarelli has been battling to get the sequel into production with A-lister Paul Giamatti. Collider spoke with the star about the long gestured Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires who confirms the existence of a script, while also keeping hope alive.
“When I first met Don, it was just through funny circumstances. We got together and he told me he had the idea for a sequel to that, and I read the script, which was great,” said Giamatti. “I don’t know how much I would want to give away about it, though. The part I would play would be Colonel Parker, who was Elvis’ manager, and it was always a sinister relationship between the two of them, with how he had such control over him. The movie answers that question. It’s a vampire movie, and that’s part of how he has a hold over him. It’s a fantastic script! It’s different from the other one, but it’s still all about aging and compromising yourself. The way Bubba Ho-Tep was about getting old, this one’s about being middle-aged, in a great way. I hope that maybe we can still get it done ‘cause it’s a really great script.”
Ron Perlman at one point was attached to replace Campbell.
Giamatti can be seen in Coscarelli’s John Dies at the End through Magnet On-Demand December 27, 2012 and in theaters February 3, 2013.
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