The return of Roth
Eli Roth looks set to return to directing with his latest script which is a little bit of a departure for the man usually associated with horror.
Endangered Species is a science fiction story that he's just about to finish writing and could be his first director's role since Hostel: Part II (Filmstalker review) .
The story for the script comes with little idea of the plot behind it, but thinking logically about Eli Roth and his projects, you could easily think that the Endangered Species might actually be us, humans, rather than a story about another species being endangered.
Of course I'm sure there will be tons of blood and violence, perhaps thinking more akin to Event Horizon than anything else. However as I said, details are sparse, and Roth won't give much more away than that.
However an older story reveals a few comments from the man about what the film has in store for us:
"...it’s going to be something that is really fun with lots of mass destruction...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!'"
The big surprise was what he said next back in April:
"Everyone I know has been saying ‘When are you gonna do a movie my kids can see?’ And finally, I’m gonna make a movie that 13-year-old kids can see."
So is this going to be a PG-13 mass destruction science fiction film seeing the human race as the Endangered Species in question? We still don't know.
The new story from The Hollywood Reporter has Eli Roth revealing that he's writing the script for this and Thanksgiving, based on the fake trailer he made for Grindhouse, and that too has him looking at directing, as well as producing and appearing no doubt.
However for me it's the genre shifting with Endangered Species that sounds the most interesting, taking him away from the horror he's become known for and into some new territory that might just begin making his mark as a writer/director.
”I haven't been this excited since the first Hostel...I had to divorce myself from the (Hostel) project 100% to free up my brain for other things.”
Divorce is a strong word, but reinforces the idea that he's moving onto something that could change the way audiences and Hollywood view him. This might not be a completely bloody science fiction film after all.