Don Coscarelli is currently riding high on a wave of enthusiasm over the two films he released this month: Phantasm: Remastered is a 4k restoration of the original film, released in 1979, and Phantasm: Ravager is the fifth and final installment in the “Phranchise”. But during a recent Q&A on Reddit, a fan brought up one of his lesser known (but still highly lauded) films, Bubba Ho-Tep; released in 2002, this film starred Bruce Campbell as an aged Elvis Presley living in a retirement home who comes face-to-face with a reanimated mummy.
In past years, Coscarelli expressed a desire to make a Bubba sequel, tentatively titled Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires, that never came to fruition. But this doesn’t mean the Phantasm director isn’t still juiced to bring Bubba 2 to fruition.
“I would love to do more Bubba Ho-tep and more Elvis. That was a film I really enjoyed making. We had it set up at one time with Bruce playing opposite Paul Giamatti as Elvis’s manager Colonel Parker. Unfortunately that one fell apart. Elvis is eternal, though. We’ll get it done one day.”
In Bubba Ho-Tep: After falling into a lengthy coma following a freak accident involving hip gyration, a now aged Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell) wakes up in an East Texas nursing home, where he befriends Jack (Ossie Davis), an African-American senior who claims to be President John F. Kennedy. After residents of their quiet retirement community start dying of dubiously unnatural causes, Elvis and Jack discover that the perpetrator is Bubba Ho-Tep (Bob Ivy), an Egyptian mummy with murderous intentions.