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Eli Roth Divulges Details on His PG-13 Sci-Fi Action Flick

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April 15, 2009
Source: MTV

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Nearly a year ago, we wrote about a project that Eli Roth revealed he had in the works, an untitled PG-13 sci-fi action film. He wouldn't reveal many details, and we haven't heard about it since, but MTV finally got an update from the actor/director, this time with a few more enticing updates, including that it may be his very next project. "I'm almost done with my new script," Roth said. "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." Trust me, this is one you'll want to hear about.

Roth continued, "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. 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." So is it aliens or giant robots? "I don't want to say what [the monster is] yet… 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!'." I hope so, Mr. Roth.

That's not all, though. Roth says that he's hoping to get the budget for this project pushed up to $85 million. But not all of that will be used for the sci-fi film. "The plan is this: I want to do a huge budget movie, but tack on three weeks to the end of it and shoot Thanksgiving. I want to do an $80 million dollar movie, and then schedule three weeks at the end to quickly shoot a $5 million dollar movie." Is he going to find a studio that will let him do that? Good news for those who've been waiting to see Thanksgiving in all of its glory - "I want to make the highest body count slasher film I can." I'm sure he'll be able to pull that off.

For those that don't know, Thanksgiving is the trailer that Eli Roth directed for Grindhouse, which showed before Tarantino's Death Proof (see this post for more). Roth has said that he's always wanted to one day direct the full feature film and now he may get his chance, that is if he gets that extra $5 million he needs.

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  • Scott McHenry
    Studio head "sounds good to me"
  • Tyler
    Probably Cell. Fits the bill (read the book). http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0775440/
  • Springsteen
    I agree that Roth will pull off the feat of making a slasher with the highest body count ever. He is great at that. He never fails to succeed at making movies with TONS of mayhem, including chopping off of limbs, ripping out of organs, and draining of warm blood. Seriously, he's crazy like that. I wonder what his dreams are like? Does he dream that he's being murdered, or that he's doing the murdering? Either way, it must be really hard to be him and have to write that kind of stuff all the time. There's no telling how much Xanax and bourbon I'd need to get to sleep every night. Good luck, Mr. Roth, and Godspeed!
  • thanksgiving is gonna be fkcin awesome!
  • I like this guy
  • chris
    good call on Cell #2..however i'd have thought that definitely called on a R rated movie kind of like 28 Days Later or The Signal..more horror than sci fi. But i can kinda see how Eli Roth could get a sci fi actioner out of it, just bypass the whole 'thats my neighbour!, what are you doing?!' straight into indiscriminate killing for survival...but i guess then that would be too dark for kids to see!
  • Yeah, he was supposed to direct Cell before and it was a great book. I can possibly see him getting a big-budget for that.
  • cine_phil
    My guess would be Cell from Stephen King, too - although that stuff is really rather horror than scifi, like chris said. It's been quite a while when Roth mentioned that he wanted to do this project, so it's about time to get more details for that... Well I hope that Cell will be adapted for the big screen. (But it doesn't have to be necessarily Eli Roth - personally, I don't like his Hostel movies and some of his statements he made concerning violence like 'I only deliver what the people want', if I recall it right.) I mean, this book starts within the first few pages with the apocalypse respectively the breakdown of society, caused by a worldwide transmitted signal over mobile phones which turns most people in some kind of zombies. That just has to be made into a movie...

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