Michele Soavi Preparing CEMETERY MAN Sequel? KATAKOMB KLUB Dead?

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Michele Soavi Preparing CEMETERY MAN Sequel? KATAKOMB KLUB Dead?
In my mind - and I know I'm not alone in thinking this - Michele Soavi's Dellamorte, Dellamore (released as Cemetery Man in many territories) stands as the last truly great Italian horror picture, the last gasp of Italy's great tradition of genre cinema.

Soavi would exit the industry for five long years following Dellamorte's release to focus his attention on his ill child, returning as a television director in 1999 but not making another feature until 2006's gangster picture Arrivederci Amore, Ciao. And with no other top tier genre directors ready to step into the void the once proud Italian genre scene crumbled and collapsed during his time away.

Which makes this news a very, very big deal: According to an article in Fangoria, Soavi has told director Luigi Cozzi that he has been developing a sequel to Cemetery Man that he intends to produce and direct himself no later than early 2012. No word yet if Rupert Everett will return in the lead.

Also mentioned in the same piece is that Soavi is also preparing a Goonies-style kids' adventure film set in Pompeii and reportedly set to star Nicolas Cage.

Notably absent from this list of future projects is The Katakomb Klub, a horror comedy Soavi had previously announced as in development with frequent Terry Gilliam collaborator Charles McKeown. A trip to the IMDB reveals all listings for the film have been removed and as I can find no references to it within the last couple years I can only assume that it is now dead.
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J HurtadoJanuary 25, 2011 11:58 AM

I saw this yesterday and I am excited. Cemetery Man is an absolute masterpiece, both comic and tragic, with some beautiful cinematography. I cannot wait to see what comes of this.

coldesserJanuary 25, 2011 4:25 PM

This is the best news, I've heard in months.

Cemetery Man is one of my favourite horror movies of all time, and I would love to see a sequel. I just hope, he is sticking to the style and atmosphere that made the first one great. I guess, I'm kinda torn, really. I want the sequel to be just like the first one, but I know, I'll be disappointed if it's not original.

Shitty movies aside, I have a great appreciation for Nic Cage. I think, him teaming up with Soavi could make a great move.. It could also be shit. That's the thing about Cage.. You never know.

Todd BrownJanuary 25, 2011 4:29 PM

I exchanged some emails with Soavi right after Katakomb Klub was first announced. Haven't conversed with him in ages but have shot a note off to see what I can find out about these projects.

And the more I think about it the more I'm starting to believe that Cage's madness could fit in a Soavi world pretty damn well.

coldesserJanuary 25, 2011 5:06 PM

He could be perfect. As much as I enjoyed Rupert Everret in Cemetery Man, I could totally imagine Cage in that part.

Cage is just so damn good at going over-the-top. Just yesterday, I was watching Face/Off, and it's kinda horrible. Every scene is awfully melodramatic, but Cage makes it so much fun to watch. His mannerisms and articulations are just amazingly fun to watch.

If Soavi's Cage project is anything like Cemetery Man (artsy, violent, over-the-top, funny), it's pretty much guaranteed to be enjoyable.

ghoul73January 25, 2011 9:31 PM

Dellamorte, Dellamore is a masterpiece, and Soavi is a master whose new projects I'm eagerly awaiting. I'm sad to hear that directors of such talent & vision as his are having a hard time finding work, while colorless hacks are being hired all the time.
I'm glad to hear that he WANTS to make another Dellamorte, Dellamore, but I remain very sceptical about the likelihood of that happening - until further notice!
Todd, please share with us whatever news you hear from The Man!

Todd BrownJanuary 26, 2011 12:48 AM

Soavi has never really had a hard time finding work, actually. He exited the industry of his own will for five years to take care of his son and when he came back the Italian film industry as he knew it had more or less collapsed. So that meant no features for a good while, but not no work. He's done a bunch of television films, some of which I've seen and are quite good. A lot of cop stuff. He's only done two theatrical features since Dellamorte but he's worked pretty steadily ever since he came back to things.

ghoul73January 26, 2011 9:41 AM

You're right: by "finding work" I meant "theatrical, feature films"; you'll excuse me for thinking somewhat less of TV as a medium.
As for troubles in financing, I'm aware that it's not just a Soavi-thing but, apparently, Italian-thing.
I interviewed Ruggero Deodato 2 years ago, and he announced 2 or 3 projects which seemed like done deals, planned to shoot and all - and now, 2 years later, none of them have happened, yet.
The fate of The Katakomb Klub sounds like another example of that: one would expect that someone with a name like Deodato or Soavi would have relatively easy time finding funds for their projects (come on, we're talking low budget arena here), but it doesn't seem to be the case.