Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Sequel That Might Be Great

Movie history is filled with examples of sequels that sucked. In fact, there have been so many that the ones that were as good as the original are celebrated-- The Godfather II and Aliens come to mind.

Kim sent me a link to a Vanity Fare article in which Paul Giamatti discusses his plans to film a sequel to the 2002 cult classic Bubba Ho-tep.

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/culture/2008/11/21/qa-paul-giamattis-dream-project-bubba-nosferatu.html

A couple of other bloggers have mentioned a love of the movie, specifically Vikki and Bubs. For those of you who aren't familiar with Bubba Ho-tep, I'll clue you in. Bruce Campbell portrays an elderly Elvis, who is living in an assisted care facility. It turns out that he switched identities with an Elvis impersonator, er, I mean, an "Elvis tribute artist" and is still alive. He befriends another resident of the home, President John F. Kennedy-- yes, that President John F. Kennedy-- who is played by the late Ossie Davis and has a perfectly good explanation as to why he's now black. I'll let you see the movie and find out.

It turns out that a cowboy-hat wearing mummy is stalking the elderly residents of the nursing home and stealing their souls. It's up to Elvis and President Kennedy to stop the soul-sucking mummy.

In Giamatti's proposed sequel, actually a prequel, Col. Tom Parker, played by Giamatti, signs Elvis up to do one more movie. Somehow, hot female vampires get involved in it all. And it takes place in New Orleans. And I put it to you-- what more can one ask of a movie? You've got Elvis, Paul Giamatti, New Orleans and hot female vampires. Sounds like a winner to me!

9 comments:

SamuraiFrog said...

I would certainly line up to see that movie.

Distributorcap said...

did i just enter bizarr-o world

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I see it in a heartbeat. I love Bubba Ho Tep.

SkylersDad said...

Man, I am so out of it. I have never heard of that movie!

dmarks said...

"Aliens" was pretty good, but nowhere near as good as the first, "Alien".

kirby said...

If Giamatti weren't involved, I might look forward to this movie.

deadspot said...

I still haven't seen the first one.

Have you seen the British sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf? In one episode they go back in time and accidentally prevent the Kennedy assassination with disastrous results. It's one of my favorite episodes.

vikkitikkitavi said...

I hope they get Bruce Campbell back. I don't know if I'm down if he doesn't play Elvis.

MacGuffin said...

Hey, I'm in for a sequel esp as described. I love Lansdale's stuff, so hopefully he would be involved as well to give it his particular squeued good 'ol boy touch of humor (which theoretically, I should hate with a passion). Wouldn't be the same without it.