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Quint knows what Don Coscarelli's new movie is! And more importantly he knows Paul Giamatti and The Kurgan are in it!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with an exciting bit of news for you folks. Don Coscarelli, the director of the Phantasm films and, more recently, Bubba Ho-Tep has a new feature currently shooting. He’s been leaving some cryptic (all puns intended) messages on his newly formed Twitter account (@DonCoscarelli) and I’ve got the scoop on what that is and who’s in it!

It’s been known for a little while that Mr. Coscarelli has had the rights to the novel JOHN DIES AT THE END, written by’s David Wong (real name Jason Pargin), but what hasn’t been so widely known is that Don’s been covertly filming the movie. The film is about two twenty-something losers who gain extra sensory perception via a substance called Soy Sauce, a black liquid that acts like a potent drug, but seemingly has a mind of its own. They see a lot of crazy shit… mustaches ripping off of people’s faces, a monster made of cold cuts and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. John Dies At The End is a great book, laugh out loud funny and bizarre. It’s like Terry Gilliam wrote a Douglas Adams story in the vein of Ghostbusters. I highly recommend picking up a copy of the book if you enjoy reading things that are good.

Or you can wait for the movie and let it wash all over you that way, you illiterate bastard. If Don Coscarelli isn’t enough for you (shame on you) let’s add two names to this list: Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown. Giamatti plays a reporter the lead character is telling his story to and Brown is a supernatural expert who really knows what he’s doing, not like the clueless kids trying to fight the forces of evil. Giamatti’s also producing the film with his producing partner Dan Carey alongside Brad Baruh and Coscarelli himself. The two leads are played by newcomers Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes. I was on set for two nights and will have my set report to you as soon as they give me the greenlight, but I will say I liked these guys together and if what I saw was any indication of what the final film is going to end up being you’ll be hearing a lot about both of these guys in the future. So, there you have it. Don Coscarelli is behind the camera again and he has Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown doing his bidding! Don’t think I’d leave you with just boring old words. Not me. I’m a visual guy! Here’s a shot to tease you a little.

I’ll be back with more on the flick as soon as I’m able! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    first, secord or thirds yah hoo sucks to be u

    by korkie70

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST


    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi


  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    thats my 1st 1st ever - and i'm left somewhat cold

    by korkie70

    i don't even know why i'm doing this, i'm a grown man for gods sake

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    The only thing more pathetic...

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    than a first poster posting, "First!" is a second poster posting, "First!" Yeah, I know, I'm a tool.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    lets never speak of this again

    by korkie70

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    What about Bubba Nosferatu?

    by Bubba Gillman

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Dig the Highlander reference

    by The Krypton Kid

    Clancy Brown was a monster as the Kurgan. Such an iconic villain. The first Highlander is a classic, but doesn't receive enough respect. I remember Harry ignorantly bashing it 10 years ago. <p> <p> Wasn't Paul Giamatti supposed to play Col. Tom Parker in Bubba Nosferatu? Whatever happened to that?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST


    by hitchhiker42

    That book - is fucking hilarious. Your description of it is spot on. I cannot WAIT for this!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    You've sold me on this!

    by BarryConvex

    Coscarelli, Giamatti, Clancy fucking Brown, ESP inducing drugs, cold cut monsters, and killer mustaches! What's not to like about all that? Plus, the mask in the pic reminds me of the VR helmet in "Videodrome". I just wished that he'd get around to making "Bubba Nosferatu" or an actual decent Phantasm sequel, but this works for me.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    A stupid question,

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    but was Bruce Campbell going to return in Bubba Nosferatu?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    RE: What about Bubba Nosferatu?

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Good question. I thought Coscarelli and Giamatti were going to work on that one after Bruce Campbell dropped out.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    That being said, this film collaboration looks...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius as fuck. And Clancy Brown FTW.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    yes it has Mr. Krabs in it!!!

    by quintana007

    WTF is Highlander?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST


    by Earl Warren

    I was stuck in Elko, NV for work but ended up with a lot of free time. My brother had just given me this book and it kept me entertained thoroughly. There are some logical loose-ends. Will it keep the jellyfish thing that dry-humps lightfixtures?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST


    by ROBRAM89

    I was so expecting this to just turn to nothing. Thank God it didn't.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Funny thing...

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    I like Giamatti as an actor but, with a few exceptions (most notably, American Splendor), I don't like his movies. Hopefully, this will be an exception to that.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Just watched the first Phantasm two nights ago

    by Kammich

    It had probably been 7 or 8 years since I'd seen it. I was fairly stoned and it was playing on Chiller at 2 A.M... such an awesome, bug-nut-fucking-crazy movie. Everything I've seen from Coscarelli, be it the Phantasm series or Bubba Ho-Tep or even his Masters of Horror episode, I dig it all.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    by BarryConvex

    I remember hearing that Ron Perlman was taking over the role of 'Elvis'. Other than that, I have no idea what's going on with it.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Sounds Interesting

    by AugustusMacReady

    Jun Horde Rule

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Is that Coscarelli in the first pic?

    by Sailor Rip

    How is he so young? We NEED a new Phantasm sequel. Angus ain't getting any younger and if he goes make Christopher Lee The Tall Man. Please, one more Phantasm. Booooooooooooooooyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    I'm in

    by Mr Lucas

    This does sound like it could be really fun. Some incredible talents involved and interesting concepts. This is what we want!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Why is no one asking for a Phantasm sequel?

    by Sailor Rip

    Well at least they're not remaking...fuck. Forget I said that you brain fucked studio suit dick holes.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    JDATE is the best horror novel of this generation

    by GoDFaDDa42

    If anyone can get the tone right, it's Coscarelli. CANNOT WAIT

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Was wondering about this.

    by roguechef664

    Been waiting for a while. GO TEAM COSCARELI!!!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST


    by Unscripted

    Why can't any of you guys get past Word's spell checker and use the right homonym?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    D-bag Galifianakis gets Gibson kicked off Hangover 2

    by JuanSanchez

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    This sounds like it will be pretty awesome.

    by Juggernaut125

    I wonder how it'll end.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Sailor Rip - he made 3 Phantasm sequels

    by JuanSanchez

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Great news!

    by rabidfnark

    I read this back before it was released in hardcover, and I really liked it. Strange fucking book, but I like that in a horror novel. I like that it kept me off balance while reading (one of my favorite horror novels is 'House of Leaves'... now that was fucking strange). Coscarelli seems like the right guy for the job, and casting these two just makes my smile wider.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Hell Yes!

    by Zombiana_Jones

    I, too was waiting for 'Bubba Nosferatu', with the possibility that Giamatti was in it...But this is still cool as hell. Think I'll be reading this, soon....

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    This is GREAT news!

    by rxse7en

    Thanks, Quint. I thought this project was going to be forgotten. Didn't Don C. buy the rights and discuss this in 2007?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    woo hoooooo!

    by kurtisaurus

    This book is f'n hilarious and horrifying at the same time. This will be so cool to see and I can't picture a better director for it. I don't read many books but I kinda want to re-read this one. So much crazy shit.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Giamatti as the reporter

    by mascan42

    is good casting, but considering the reveal at the end, Bruce Willis would have been perfect.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST


    by strykebr

    aw watching Monster Vision with Joe Bob Briggs on TBS, when he would show movies like Phantasm, oh to be young again

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Oh mascan42, you're so cute...

    by kayleefan

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    The Kurgan's birthday

    by Kaitain

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Fred Durst?

    by ROBRAM89

    I wonder if he'd actually do a cameo as a Limp-Bizkit-hatred-fueled hallucination of himself. Personally I'd change it to Insane Clown Posse and have the guy just be some dude in ICP makeup without actually saying it's either of the guys themselves. You know, legal matters.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    John Dies at the End is...

    by SpawnofAchilles

    One of my favorite books. David Wong is a solid writer, check out some of his articles on The book is hilarious, gory, insane and oddly affecting. I loved it and I feel like most of the AICN crowd will too. It's a blast. <p> Unrelated but I want to share... I also saw Black Swan at the Philly Film fest (DA was there and he pwned me!) and it is a fantastic film.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    I want to read "John Dies At The Beginning"

    by Anything But Tangerines

    zombies ftw

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    frank's a little busy with the HELLRAISER talkback

    by frank cotton

    but he has to say this is seriously cool

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    I just crapped my pants

    by RichardLuzT

    And I don't know if it's because of joy or a feeling of impending doom. But I'll see this movie 10 times, with my crapped pants if I have to. What great news!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    He's so young because...

    by King Conan

    he made his first movie at 21 and Phantasm at only 25

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 12:53 a.m. CST

    2nd pic GERARD BUTLER?

    by calipino

    Is that from the LAW ABIDING CITIZEN torture scene? What's the connection to this article? Its used on Twitch's article too.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Sounds awesome

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    I guess Clancy Brown and Giamatti must have clicked when teaming up for the Goon trailer.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST

    So he keeps filming such shit...

    by JackPumpkinhead

    ...instead of doing Phantasm V? Yeah...

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:04 a.m. CST

    I went to school with Chase Williamson!

    by Helmertiver

    Class behind me at USC. Get ready. This kid is an amazing actor.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:18 a.m. CST


    by CuervoJones

    Coscarelli rocks. I´d like an ending to the Phantasm saga, but hey.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Perfect match.

    by NixEclips

    Great story. Coscarelli should be right at home.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    I know. That's why I said we need a "new" Phantasm sequel, not a Phantasm sequel.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Ok in the second post I said "Phantasm sequel"

    by Sailor Rip

    but we're all geeks here, we know there are 4 Phantasm films.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Sounds fantastic...

    by spud_mcspud_returns

    ...Would still love to see BUBBA NOSFERATU, though - but if The Chin ain't in, then nor am I...

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    King Conan

    by Sailor Rip

    I didn't realize he made the first one at such a young age.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Dave Wong

    by rxse7en

    Deserves to get a good movie out of this. That guy (I know it's a pen name) let anyone read his book for free online and then when he published his first editions he personally signed them all and shipped them out himself at no extra charge. He posted this talkback on his Facebook page and is very excited about it.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST


    by Disgustipitated

    Now, why the hell can't the man secure funding for the 5th and final Phantasm film when he's obviously getting funding for other films including this one which has the potential to be even weirder than Phantasm?

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST


    by Veraxus

    WANT! NOW! And this better get a proper fucking theatrical release..

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Ron Pearlman was last supposed to play Bubba in Bubba Hotep 2

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

    and Corscirelli was trying to get a 'star wars' type trilogy remake of Phantasm off the ground a few years ago. If u remember.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    looks like Megadeth's mascot

    by alienindisguise

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    I'm buying my tickets right now.

    by fireclown

    JTATE (get used to the acronym) is fantastic. And on top of this, it's perfect for Coscerelli. It's confusing, surreal, often makes little sense and is full of compelling images. This too good to be true.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Now if they'd just announce Felicia Day as Amy...

    by keyserSOZE

    Seriously, for anyone who has read the book or is planning on reading it, just try NOT picturing Felicia Day as Amy. She's absolutely made for the role, and this is coming from someone who doesn't watch The Guild. Anyway, glad to see Wong's movie landing such talented people. I never expected Giamatti, but I'm thrilled with both his and Brown's casting. Thinking back on the book, they both really, really work for their respective characters. I'm curious to see who they cast as Detective "Morgan Freeman"...