I just got back from the Los Angeles press day for John Dies at the End (review), the sci-fi/horror movie from horror icon Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep). It’s a fantastic movie that I really enjoyed, one that Magnet will be releasing On-Demand December 27, 2012 and in theaters February 3, 2013.
So the bulk of my coverage is going to wait until we get closer to those dates. But I just got a tidbit from Coscarelli that I need to share with you. Remember this whole thing? When it was erroneously reported that Phantasm 5 was moving forward and we had to perform the sad task of stepping in to let you know that wasn’t the case? Well, now it sounds like there actually might BE a movie sometime in the future. At the very least, it’s much more likely to happen than it was in June.
Per Coscarelli himself, “There’s been a lot of speculation for a lot of time. When I made ‘Phantasm 4′ I really saw it as an end. And it really was an ending of that portion. But I will tell you that I get so many questions about ‘Phantasm 5′. And no one’s talking about remakes! They want a ‘Phantasm 5′ with the original actors. All of the actors are in great shape, Angus [Scrimm] does an excellent job in ‘John.’ And I used to just dismiss the idea of ‘Phantasm 5′, but now I have to take it a little more seriously. There is a rabid fan base that will not be denied! So once I get done with this publicity thing I have to find a way to satisfy that demand!”
Sounds good to me! What do you guys think?
Update: “I have no solid news to report on a new project now,” franchise creator Don Coscarelli explains to Bloody, debunking yesterday’s story as we expected.
I’m sick of talking about the Phantasm franchise without having something concerte to report. We’ve had how many false starts now? 5? 10? 50? 100?
Dread Central, who backs their ass up by stating they’re “at least 95% sure of the news,” reports that the long-gestured Phantasm 5 is a reality. And while they have been right in the past (Evil Dead), they don’t have a start date. No director. No writer. No word on if franchise director Don Coscarelli will be returning, nor star Reggie Bannister or Angus Scrimm. Just news that an “extremely reliable source” tells them that the Phantasm 5 script is complete and that it “will begin filming this year.” The last time this was reported on, unconfirmed sources stated Anchor Bay was producing a 3-D sequel. That never happened.
The last time Coscarelli was rumored to start Phantasm 5 it turned out to be John Dies at the End. It should also be noted that the literary sequel to “John Dies at the End”, “This Book Is Full of Spiders,” will be published in October 2012.
New Line Cinema at one time prematurely announced they acquired remake rights to a brand new trilogy. This never came into fruition either.
The day Phantasm 5 is 100% officially announced, we’ll all celebrate together.
In the 1979 sci-fi horror, “A young boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a mysterious arsenal of terrible weapons with him.“
Shooting is well underway on Don Coscarelli’s return to horror in John Dies at the End, and now AICN is reporting even more casting. Doug Jones (the modern “man in a suit” king), Glynn Turman (the teacher from Gremlins) and Rob Zombie favorite Daniel Roebuck will all join Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Angus Scrimm, Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes. From the director of Phantasm and Bubba Ho-Tep, it’s a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can’t.
During B-D’s visit to the set of Don Coscarelli’s latest movie, an adaptation of cult favorite novel John Dies at the End written by David Wong (nee Jason Pargin), we caught up with the beloved creator of the Phantasm series to find out what’s happening with both the long-awaited fifth entry in that franchise as well as the long-rumored Bubba Ho-Tep sequel, Bubba Nosferatu. Hear what he had to say about the possibility that they’ll forward, as well as whether we might one day soon see those deadly silver spheres flying at us in 3-D!