Hey friends, Shep here with some news on the long-awaited sequel to Don Coscarelli’s hilariously awesome Bubba Ho-tep.
For those unfamiliar with the power and the majesty that was that 2003 horror-comedy-drama sensation, it was the story of an old retired Elvis (played fantastically by the one and only Bruce Campbell) who is dying in a run-down nursing home after having faked his death years before. In the facility he becomes friends with an old wheelchair-bound black man (played by the late Ossie Davis) who claims to be JFK. Oh, and then they have to fight off the mummy that’s plaguing the nursing home.
Anyway, there’s been much talk for a long time about the potential sequel (that Ho-tep‘s ending credits promised) titled Bubba Nosferatu. For whatever reasons, though, Bruce Campbell would not return to reprise the role of Elvis, and in stepped Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman to take over he role and star alongside Paul Giamatti who, according to the film’s IMDB page, will be playing Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker.
In a recent interview with IESB.net, Perlman discussed Bubba and said that he hopes for it to start shooting in September, when he’s finished shooting the current season of his FX TV series Sons of Anarchy.
He doesn’t give away any plot details. Sufficed to say that it’s a “stand-alone” movie. “The only thing that’s similar is the premise that Elvis is alive and well and living in a retirement home in an undisclosed location.”
Sounds intriguing! I’m just happy to see this movie at all. I’m disappointed that Bruce Campbell, who was the original film, won’t be coming back, but Perlman sounds like he could be a pretty cool replacement. Can’t wait to hear more!
To see more of the interview with Perlman (including discussions about a potential Hellboy III) click HERE, but be forewarned–if you haven’t seen Ho-tep, there are a few spoilers.