Eli Roth has been a pretty common name associated with the horror genre ever since his first film, Cabin Fever, was released back in 2002. Since then he’s directed the torture horror films Hostel and Hostel: Part II along with the Grindhouse faux trailer for Thanksgiving (in all honesty, I think this or Nation’s Pride, his short black and white war film in Inglourious Basterds is his best work. Not really sure if that’s a compliment or not) and has even had a few acting roles in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds along with a role in the upcoming Piranha 3D. So Roth has still appeared on the silver screen the past few years, but things have been relatively quiet when it comes to his directorial work since 2007. At least until recently.
It seems as though Roth is wanting to switch gears and jump head first into the sci-fi genre with his next project, Endangered Species. The film will have a budget of around $60 million. Details seem to be slim to none at the moment, but Roth is implying he wants to pull a Michael Bay and show a lot of destruction on screen. While speaking with i09.com, Roth said the film will be along the lines of Jurassic Park, Transformers, and Cloverfield. “[It’ll be] scary but also PG-13,” the director/actor stated about his new sci-fi film, “it does not necessarily need to be gory.” He aims to make the audience feel what they see on-screen. A Cloverfield-like monster won’t be in the film as Roth is planning to take a more realistic approach and focus more on the mass destruction. As far as who Roth would like to get to be a part of the cast, he mentions two men he’s worked with recently: Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds) and Josh Brolin (Planet Terror, which was a part of Grindhouse). The full video can be seen over at io9.com.
Last December, Roth announced in an interview with MTV that Quentin Tarantino loved the script and that he was tweaking the script based on Tarantino’s suggestions. You can read the full MTV article here.
Any other news regarding Endangered Species has been quiet ever since, but some news surfaced this month saying Roth’s next project will be something else entirely. Lionsgate has picked up the rights to distribute Roth’s next film, The Last Exorcism. The story revolves around a documentary crew following a priest scamming people into believing he can perform exorcisms. The priest’s skills are put to the test when he has to perform a real one.
As far as Roth’s work goes, his directorial work is pretty weak. I was a fan of both Cabin Fever and the first Hostel film when I first saw them in theaters, but they’ve either lost their charm in repeat viewings or I’ve realized how cheesy they really are over the years. I tend to enjoy the films Roth acts in more than his directorial work, but that could be due to the fact that he’s worked with Tarantino several times and it’s pretty difficult to dislike a Tarantino film. Endangered Species certainly sounds more interesting than The Last Exorcism though. Endangered Species seems like something new and fresh for Roth. It’s a genre he hasn’t worked in yet and it actually sounds interesting. The Last Exorcism, while being different from Cabin Fever and the Hostel films, will probably result in a film we’ve come to expect from Roth. Its description sounds like a mashup of The Blair Witch Project and The Exorcist, two films I didn’t like at all. Before Roth walked away from the project, I was interested in his adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell. Not much has been said regarding that project other than that it’ll be turned into a TV miniseries instead of a feature film. Eli Roth also said he wouldn’t be directing the next Hostel installment and that it would probably be a direct to video kind of thing similar to Cabin Fever 2. Not that it’s correct 100% of the time or anything, but his IMDb page lists Hostel: Part III, a full length Thanksgiving film, and Endangered Species along with two other films currently in development. He’s listed as a producer for The Last Exorcism, which IMDb lists as being in post-production.
Eli Roth’s latest film, Inglourious Basterds, is now on DVD. The film can be found at any Redbox in the Houston area along with video stores like the surviving Blockbuster stores and Netflix. Click here to find a Redbox location near you.
Sources: redbox.com, imdb.com, comingsoon.net, screenrant.com, bloody-disgusting.com, horror-movies.ca, cdn.videogum.com