Speaking to Fangoria Radio, Ron Perlman has given an update on the status of Bubba Nosferatu, the vampiretastic follow-on from Don Coscarelli‘s Elvis vs. the Mummy gem, Bubba Ho-Tep. Apparently he will have a window into which the shoot may be squeezed, coming right up he wraps the current season of Sons of Anarchy in September. Having spoken to Coscarelli and co-star Paul Giamatti, Perlman seemed confident that they could all work it out in time and get cameras rolling.
Fangoria also let slip the casting of Angus Scrimm as “a Boris Karloff-like horror star who Elvis meets up with in Las Vegas on the set of a vampire movie.” This would be Claude Killgore, who we meet during the flashbacks to the 70s that make up half of the film and, knowing Coscarelli, I already pictured Scrimm in the role when I was reading the screenplay. It’s not a huge role, but it is a fun one and he will get to face off against Perlman as Elvis as ‘Clay Burton’ in the film-within-the-film.
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A follow-up to our story from last week where Paul Giamatti mentioned that Bruce Campbell might not return for a Bubba Ho-Tep sequel. We didn’t believe it. The idea of Giamatti playing Colonel Parker, who would have to team with Campbell’s Elive to fight Vampires, seemed too good for even Bruce to pass up. Well, apparently not. Fangoria caught up with the cult b-movie star, and this is what he said:
“[BUBBA NOSFERATU] is dead to me,” Campbell said flatly. “It sleeps with the fishes. Don Coscarelli is a very passionate filmmaker. We got to a few points [developing the screenplay] that we couldn’t reconcile. I want to keep our friendship, so we parted ways. So I’m not part of that project.”
Director Don Coscarelli says that he is considering recasting the film with another actor whom the fans would embrace. I wonder who that could be? Any ideas/suggestions?
Paul Giamatti is a hot actor right now, but even his name alone isn’t enough to greenlight this movie. You see, they’re waiting on b-movie legend Bruce Campbell. How can this be possible? Well, the film is Bubba Nosferatu, a prequel to the recent cult comedy Bubba Ho-Tep.
“I would really like to do that,” Giamatti revealed to Rotten Tomatoes. “Did you ever see Bubba Ho-Tep? Great movie. And that director [Don Coscarelli], I love that guy’s movies.Â All the Phantasm movies and stuff. But we are trying to do it.”
The announcement of Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires was originally intended as an end of the credits joke, however, positive fan response has made a sequel a possibility. The only problem is that Bruce Campbell has yet to sign on. C’mon Bruce, your schedule can’t be that full, can it?
It has been said that Bubba Nosferatu will document the production of a ‘lost’ Elvis movie from the 1950s or 1960s, and… oh yeah, vampires. Giamatti would play Colonel Parker, who would have to team with Campbell’s Elive to fight Vampires.
“Bruce Campbell was waffling around about whether he wants to play Elvis or not again. So that’s the problem,” said Giamatti. “You gotta have Elvis and you really want him playing Elvis, so hopefully we can get him to do it. If not, I’m sure they will try and find somebody else but I think it’s contingent on whether he’ll do it or not. It’s a great script, a completely insane script. I would love to do that because I love [Bubba Ho-Tep]. It’s a great movie.”
I would certainly like to see Giamatti as the Colonel fighting vampires. C’mon people, let’s make this happen!