ROTH TALKS UPCOMING PROJECTS
Eli Roth is carrying a lot of weight on his back at the moment. January 20th will see the DVD release of his debut Cabin Fever, and other than handling producer duties on Tim Sullivan's 2001 Maniacs, Roth is sitting dead center in a whirlpool of projects awaiting his attention. Last year Roth's name was attached to so many scripts and concepts that it was hard to keep track of them all let alone know the truth of whether he was indeed involved with some of them or not.
One such project that was unavoidably going to sprout up was a Cabin Fever follow-up. 'Right now it's just a rights situation, we just have to sort that out and make a deal with Lions Gate,' Roth explains excitedly. One would think that he'd want to put anything Cabin Fever-related on the back burner for the time being considering he spent the better half of last year on an intense worldwide tour for the film, but there's not a hint of exhaustion in this voice. 'They're very excited and they want to do it, and we'd like to do it. We have not reached a deal as of yet, we're working on that now.'
'I had to turn in a treatment for a sequel,' he continues. 'But at the end of the day there's a Cabin Fever 2 that Eli Roth wants to make and there's a Cabin Fever 2 that Lions Gate wants to make, and we have to make sure that it's the same movie.'
Meanwhile, Roth's Raw Nerve Productions' (which he co-operates with Scott Spiegel and Boaz Yakin) charge into the genre is moving smoothly. The company's first outing, 2001 Maniacs, is currently in post-production with a possible distributor looming on the horizon. 'We just started cutting 2001 Maniacs this week, I'm really excited. I know many distributors are circling, certainly New Line Cinema, who is the strongest. They're dying to check it out. I think everybody's first taste of the movie will be at the American Film Market in February.'
With one film in the can, Raw Nerve is rapidly eyeing a number of scripts for development, as Roth reveals: 'We got a lot of movies in the pipeline. There's a terrific script called Sick In The Head written by Frank Henenlotter [Brain Damage, Basket Case]. It's so damn good. In order for a production company to last is to have a lot of movies in the pipeline. Boaz Yakin wrote a great script called Abraham's Daughter, and we're out to directors on that. And we just had a great meeting with Darren Scott who did Tales From The Hood. Rich Kelly [Donnie Darko] has a project he brought to us too.' Eli also states that Raw Nerve intends to have, in the near future, a variety of pictures in different stages going at once.
Courtesy of Creature Corner