We try not to think too much about David Lynch’s self-imposed exile from feature filmmaking, since it immediately bums us out and then sends us scurrying to our Mulholland Drive DVDs. But we hold out hope that Lynch is less retiring than recharging, and that the right kind of “back to his roots” project could get him back in action. For that purpose, we propose Ronnie Rocket, the famously unmade Lynch script that he intended to direct after Eraserhead and continued to develop through the 1980s, before eventually letting it go in the early ‘90s. But he still mentions the film often, indicating that if he were to finally make it, he’d want to do it in the style of Eraserhead: homemade, using a small crew and doing much of the design work himself (that’s his concept art above). Sounds like a perfect Kickstarter project to us.
Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League
The end credits for W.D. Richter’s sci-fi/action/comedy The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension promise a sequel, Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League — but as the makers of Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins can tell you, setting up a series and making enough money to warrant one are two entirely different things. Opening in the tough summer of 1984 (against the likes of Ghostbusters, Gremlins, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), Banzai pulled a meager $6.2 million at the box office, putting the kibosh on a sequel. But it found a fervent cult audience on VHS (and, later, DVD); it even pulled a slot on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the best cult movies ever made. Sure, nearly 30 years have passed, but do you think its fans are gonna mind?
Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires
You wouldn’t think that the story of an elderly Elvis (who switched places with an impersonator before his “death”) and an aged black JFK battling an Egyptian mummy would exists outside of a fever dream, much less that it would be an oddly charming and often funny indie wonder. But that’s the case with Bubba Ho-Tep, writer/director Don Coscarelli’s 2002 horror comedy. Coscarelli has been trying for years to make Bubba Nosferatu, a sequel that finds Elvis and his manager Colonel Tom Parker battling a coven of Louisiana vampires, off the ground — yet in spite of the efforts of Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti (a Bubba enthusiast who has agreed to play Parker), it still hasn’t happened. “We’ll definitely get Bubba Nosferatu made,” Giamatti insisted, back in 2008. “It’s just a question of when and where.” The pair collaborated on Coscarelli’s John Dies at the End, but Bubba Nosferatu, stubbornly, remains unmade.
Dusk at Cubist Castle
Athens, Georgia-based Elephant 6 mainstays Olivia Tremor Control released their first album, Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle back in 1996, and the ambitious neo-psychedelic album was a critical fave; Pitchfork slotted it at #39 in their rundown of the best albums of the 1990s. For years, rumors have circulated that its title wasn’t just a rhetorical flourish — that there really was a Dusk at Cubist Castle script (or at least an idea) to be made. If so, OTC certainly have the kind of enthusiastic fanbase that would donate, big time, to the long-desired film’s fundraising appeal.
Those are some of the movies we think could finally happen thanks to Kickstarter. What would you add?