The multi-talented Eli Roth who directed the campy horror films Cabin Fever, Hostel, and Hostel II has spent the last two years of his career beefing up his acting resume. Roth appears in Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse segment “Death Proof”, as well as his upcoming drama Inglourious Basterds. Roth recently sat down with MTV and spoke about getting back into the groove of writing and directing. He already has a feature in development and shared a little bit about it’s plot.
“I’m almost done with my new script. I was actually almost done with it before ‘Basterds,’ but I had to put it down, and that was actually a good thing I took time away from it, but I’m going to finish that up and start shooting this fall.”
Roth is excited about the script in question because it will be his first big-budget movie. The top secret film has potential to be a sci-fi blockbuster for the director who remains coy when it comes to the project’s official title and main character.
“I don’t want to give away the title yet, because I have to make sure I own it 100%, but it’s going to be something that is really fun with lots of mass destruction,” he said. “I wanted to do something along the lines of ‘Transformers’ or ‘Cloverfield’ that was a little more science fiction-based, and with lots of chaos and mass destruction.”
“I don’t want to say what [the monster is] yet,” Roth added. “Once it gets set up, I will let everyone know. It is not aliens or robots or a virus – it’s a little more grounded. But when people hear it they are going to be like ‘That is going to be insane!’.”
Even though I wasn’t a fan of the two Hostel films I did enjoy Cabin Fever. I think Roth has a knack for directing films that allude to the ’70′s era of the horror genre. After he makes this big budget film he plans on going back to his simpler roots and bringing more gore and guts with him. He wants to make “the sickest, bloodiest, most violent slasher movie, inspired by the holiday-themed horror classics of the ‘80s. I want to make the highest body count slasher film I can.”
I’m afraid to know what he considers the sickest and the bloodiest, because I think he’s already shot some pretty grotesque stuff. I do want more details on this big budget film he’s working one, but I guess we have to wait until he gets all the legalities taken care of first.
Do you think Eli Roth can handle a film that’s on the same level as Transformers?