Bubba Nosferatu "Will" Happen, Claims Paul Giamatti
Posted 07.07.10 by Ryan
Bubba Ho-Tep became a cult hit in 2002 with its story about a mummy that stalks a nursing home and is dispatched by a man who thinks he's Elvis (Bruce Campbell) and another who thinks he's former President John F. Kennedy (Ossie Davis). The movie ended with a tease for a sequel, Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires. Originally intended as a joke, the sequel became a reality after the strong audience response to Bubba Ho-Tep.
Campbell left the project in 2007, citing differences over the script between himself and director Don Coscarelli. In 2008, Ron Perlman was suggested as a possible replacement for Campbell by Paul Giamatti, who is set to play Elvis' manager Colonel Parker in the movie, but, again, progress stalled. Undeterred, Giamatti spoke to MTV about the sequel, claiming that Bubba Nosferatu will definitely be produced. One day.
We've been trying to make that for two, three years, and we're going to get it done at some point. I'm going to f***ing break my spine in half if I have to to get that thing done. We've been trying so hard and we've had so many near-misses. 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.
Giamatti says the main problem has been financing.
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 [Nosferatu], totally.
We'll find some way to do it, I swear to god. I think Bubba Ho-Tep is just a f***ing great movie. I really do. We'll make this other one somehow.