Cult indie director Don Coscarelli took his fandom by storm last week when a completely unexpected trailer for a fifth entry in his Phantasm franchise was unveiled, dubbed Ravager. Though the thing looks damn good and the surprise is high (the project went entirely under the radar) it did prompt at least one fan (hi!) to shout in despair WHAT ABOUT ELVIS?
If you’ve never heard of or seen Coscarelli’s Bubba Ho-Tep, you’ve missed out on one of last decade’s wackiest pieces of indie awesomeness. In a nutshell, it features Bruce Campbell as an elder Elvis, living his final days anonymously in a home he and his pal JFK must defend from a redneck mummy that sucks your soul through your . . . yeah, it’s awesome.
The movie was an instant cult classic, but nowhere near a financial smash (Campbell himself ran marketing by screening it at his book signings). The promised sequel, Bubba Nosferatu, will pair the King with his infamous manager, played by Paul Giamatti. Somehow, the two inevitably fall into limbo. Many false starts later, including Ron Perlman replacing Bruce because of those pesky “Artistic Differences,” the project is apparently still this close to happening.
Talking to the folks at Bloody Disgusting, Coscarelli laid out the latest on the project, saying:
“Nothing to report right now on the sequel ‘Bubba Nosferatu,’ other than a couple months back I had an excellent dinner with both Bruce Campbell and Paul Giamatti. I can swear to you, they would make an awesome on screen team! Elvis is eternal, and his manager Col Tom Parker probably is too, so, with luck, the Gods of Graceland will help us find a path to get that movie to the silver screen.”
Forget the Gods Don, pray to your fans! With Bruce back on board, put that mother out to crowd funding and see how many fans will gladly pay for it. My guess: quite enough. If Veronica Mars can do it, it’s a walk in the park for Elvis Campbell. What say you Geeks?