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One of the tell tale signs that a movie franchise needs to end is when the original director or producer decides they want no part of it. I’ve never been a huge fan of Eli Roth‘s Hostel horror series, but surprisingly as the director even he’s decided to jump ship. According to ShockTillYouDrop, Roth will not be involved with the upcoming third installment of the series. The director wants to focus more on the development of his original features rather than rehashing those from the past.

Read why Roth’s done with Hostel after the jump.

Roth spoke in a recent interview about the future of the Hostel franchise he helped create while promoting this summer’s Inglourious Basterds.  When the conversation turned to his involvement with Hostel III, his response was very straight forward.

“That’s another one like ‘Cabin Fever 2,’” he told us. “The studio had made a lot of money with it so they want to keep going, and the fans, there’s demand for it, and great. If I started something and other people want to continue it, go for it. I’m just not involved in anyway. There’s no negativity about it. I just said, ‘I put everything in my life for three years into these movies. I’ve said everything I have to say with it. I feel very lucky I got to make them and the fans responded the way they did, and if you guys want to continue it, great, go ahead.’”

He goes on to say that he’s not completely against making sequels. As long as the film has a good story, he’s all for them.

“I think if it’s a great movie, what’s wrong with a great movie, whether it’s #1, 2, 3, 4?” he mused when asked whether the reception to Hostel: Part II turned him off to sequels. “I remember I loved ‘Friday the 13th Part IV. I didn’t expect that movie to be that great.

If there are any die hard Hostel fans out there (all 5 of you), you won’t be getting that signature Roth touch for the third installment. I’m pretty sure the film will go straight to DVD, so you shouldn’t feel that bad. Even though Roth has been moonlighting as a serious actor this past year he still has several directing projects on his plate. Take solace in knowing that he will once again be behind the camera to create more of his infamous “torture porn.”

What do you think about Eli Roth leaving the Hostel franchise?