TheFeed is saddened by the news that cult-icon/deodorant salesman Bruce "The Chin" Campbell is giving the sequel to the indie hit Bubba Ho-Tep the (severed) finger. Reports today are surfacing that Campbell, who played an aging but no less ass-kicking Elvis in the Don (Phantasm) Coscarelli directed film, alongside Ozzie Davis as JFK, will not be returning for the sequel, Bubba Nosferatu & The Curse of the She-Vampires, which is currently in development.
As reported last week on Fangoria Radio, Campbell has stated that "[Bubba Nosferatu] is dead to me. It sleeps with the fishes. Don Coscarelli is a very passionate filmmaker. We got to a few points [developing the screenplay] that we couldn't reconcile. I want to keep our friendship, so we parted ways. So, I'm not part of that project."
A shame, since the original film is a fun mash-up of horror, comedy and even westerns, and who doesn't want another round of Bruce as an aging King whupping undead ass some more? Aside from the odd casting of Paul Giamatti in a crucial role to give it some indie cred, Coscarelli has told Fangoria also that plans are being made to re-cast, but losing Campbell could drive the final stake into the heart (sorry, had to) of the promising genre franchise. Meanwhile. as his semi-hit show Burn Notice is on hiatus, we are still holding our breath for the Chin's latest effort, the self-referential horror yarn My Name Is Bruce (which he produced and directed as well) where the horror icon breaks the fourth wall and many faces to save a small town from monster damage. News on the release for that film should be announced soon after a steady festival run.
What? Haven't seen Bubba Ho-Tep? What are you waiting for? Sheesh...well check out the trailer HERE for now.
IMBD.com: Campbell rejects Bubba Ho-tep sequel