Those of you who are fans of Don Coscarelli and his cult classic Bubba Ho-Tep will get a huge kick out of this story. Mostly known for his Phantasm films, Coscarelli sent out his indy flick Bubba Ho-Tep through the festival circuit turning it into an instant cult classic. Starring the king of B-movies, Bruce Campbell, the film has Elvis (Campbell) and JFK (Ossie Davis) who are both alive and in a nursing home where they fight for the souls of their fellow residents in a battle with none other than an ancient Egyptian Mummy.
Since its success there has always been word buzzing around of a possible sequel with Paul Giamatti starring but Coscarelli has been struggling to get anything off the ground. Recently, Giamatti spoke with Collider about the long talked about Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires and what he had to say was very encouraging.
“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.”
Right now there’s no concrete plans for the film becoming a reality but with a “great” script and Giamatti on board, I’d say that this project certainly has a chance. Considering Coscarelli and Giamatti have both just finished working with each other on the upcoming film John Dies at the End — and depending on its success — I’d say that Bubba Nosferatu is closer than it has ever been to becoming a reality.