ELI ROTH FUTURE PROJECTS
Eli Roth, the writer/director of the eagerly anticipated CABIN FEVER, just filled us in about a future fear project that?s been announced elsewhere, plus another, previously unannounced movie that?s equally exciting?
?I?m currently writing a movie with Richard Kelly, who wrote and directed DONNIE DARKO, called THE BOX,? Roth tells Fango. ?It?s an adaptation of a Richard Matheson story; Rich and I are writing it, Rich will produce it with his partner Sean McKittrick, and I will direct it. We want to make the freakiest, most fucked-up, dark, disturbing movie we can that will just scare the shit out of people. So far it?s really fun! The goal with THE BOX is to create a film that disturbs people beyond repair. I told Rich some of my ideas, and he said they were so sick he wouldn?t even allow me to bring them up in our writing sessions again because they upset him too much. It?s going to be a beautiful working relationship.
?I?m also adapting a Stephen King short story called ?1408,? which I'm really excited about,? Roth continues. This tale, issued as part of the BLOOD AND SMOKE audiobooks read by King himself, is about a true-horror author spending the night in the titular haunted hotel room, where over 30 people have supposedly died. ?King has been my favorite author ever since I was old enough to read, so to adapt one of his stories into a feature film is a true honor. I will write and direct it, and Lorenzo DiBonaventura, who used to be the head of Warner Brothers, will produce it.?
Now that Kelly is becoming one hot horror auteur (it?s rumored that he was approached to helm the DAWN OF THE DEAD remake), when will audiences get to see CABIN FEVER, the film that has put him on the map? ?Hopefully, Lions Gate will pick a release date soon,? he offers. ?They?re currently just saying ?summer 2003, wide release.? The interesting thing is that as of right now, CABIN FEVER appears to be the only original horror film on the horizon, one that isn?t a sequel, prequel or remake. It?s crazy how there are so few original horror films being made; hopefully, the fans will come support it so that we can see more.?
Courtesy of Fangoria