EXCLUSIVE: Paul Giamatti Says ‘Bubba Nosferatu’ Will Come Together, Despite Financial Setbacks

Elvis and monsters make for an unlikely pair, but fans of the Bruce Campbell-starring “Bubba Ho-tep” are already well aware of how well that combination actually works. Those same fans have anxiously anticipated “Bubba Nosferatu,” the film’s vampire-centric sequel, ever since “Ho-tep’s” release. But the project has experienced numerous setbacks and delays, not the least of which is Campbell’s departure as Elvis.

In the upsides department, Ron Perlman was mentioned as a possible replacement for Campbell in 2008, while actor Paul Giamatti is still set to co-star as Colonel Tom Parker. Giamatti remains as enthusiastic about the project as ever, telling MTV News that “Nosferatu” will definitely get off the ground — eventually.

“We’ve been trying to make that for two, three years, and we’re going to get it done at some point,” Giamatti told MTV’s Adam Rosenberg about the status of “Nosferatu.” “I’m going to f—ing break my spine in half if I have to to get that thing done.”

“We’ve been trying so hard and we’ve had so many near-misses,” he continued. “It’s almost come together like 15 freaking times and then it falls apart. At some point we’re going to get that done because it’s a great script. We’ll get it done at some point.”

Giamatti is clearly a big fan of the creative work that’s gone into “Nosferatu,” saying that the real trouble lies in finding investors for the film.

“I think it’s just the atmosphere of movies right now, smaller movies. Nobody has the balls to make a movie for under — it’s got to be a $40 million comedy or a $200 million ’Avatar,’ and that’s it,” he said. “Those are the only things anybody wants to make right now. Nobody wants to do anything else. Everybody’s terrified of doing anything else except that kind of thing. So that movie is deemed way too bizarre and outside the box right now. Which is stupid, because there’s an audience for that movie, totally.”

Even if financing is currently hard to come by, Giamatti is convinced that “Nosferatu” will eventually get made.

“We’ll find some way to do it, I swear to god,” he said. “I think ’Bubba Ho-tep’ is just a f—ing great movie. I really do. We’ll make this other one somehow.”

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