Bruce Campbell has his sights set on Netflix.
It’s been a decade since Campbell first told fans he wanted to make horror-comedy Bruce vs. Frankenstein. The Evil Dead actor described the project as “The Expendables of the horror genre”.
“I want to get so many horror movie stars that people can’t possibly not see the movie. I want to give them other stuff to do. I want to have Kane Hodder be very particular about what he eats. I want Robert Englund to be a tough guy, like he knows taekwondo or something. I want to find out the hidden sides of all these people. Some will play themselves, some will play alternate characters as well,” said Campbell.
Bruce vs. Frankenstein would serve as a sequel of sorts to Campbell’s My Name is Bruce, in which the actor starred as himself. In My Name is Bruce, Campbell is kidnapped by a group of teens who believe him to be a real demon slayer thanks to his Evil Dead franchise role. The teens then try to get Campbell to help them fight off a newly awakened demon.
Now, Campbell wants to get streaming giant Netflix on board – but he’s working the long way around to do it.
Will Campbell fans get a graphic novel before a movie?
“I talked with Mike Richardson, who is my partner on this and we’re going to start with a graphic novel. So, I am going to adapt the screenplay. We’re going to put that out first so people in the industry can get a better sense of it. Mike has been selling a lot of projects to Netflix and he said that’s kind of the way to go with his material and fantasy stuff so he suggested we do that first,” said Campbell.
It’s an unusual approach to get a movie made by first making a graphic novel, but there is some logic to it. Netflix has recently adapted several successful graphic novels to screen, including The Witcher and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
“We’ll get a great artist, sell it in comic book form…as a director, it’s kind of like doing storyboards. It’s a tremendous amount of extra prep that I can do just by going through it because I actually have to think about pages, panels and descriptions. It’s a format that’s not my normal format. Screenplay format, I can fart, I got that down. This is different with the way it looks on the page so it will be a very interesting translation process,” Campbell explained.
With over a decade since the first film’s debut, it’s possible that only Avatar fans have waited longer for a sequel. I’m not sure we’ll ever get to see Bruce vs. Frankenstein, but I appreciate Campbell’s commitment to the project.
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