It’s Turkey Time – Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving finally happening?
by Ben Bussey
At the risk of being a Negative Nancy, I must confess I’ve been a wee bit disappointed in Eli Roth’s career thus far. Sure, he’s kept visible and kept it brutal both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, but his early promise as a director has long since been neglected. That’s why it gives me a pleasant tingle to read that the film he’s long hinted might be on the cards – a feature length verion of his fake trailer from Grindhouse – is finally taking shape.
As Roth revealed when quizzed on the project by Behind The Thrills, “Dude, it’s gonna happen (…) Jeff Rundell, my co-writer and I have a very extensive treatment. We finally cracked the story and how to make it really really scary, and the reason to do it, and I’m really excited about it (…) Chris (Ford) and John (Watts) are going to write the screenplay with me and my partner Jeff, so we’ll have a screenplay soon.”
Chris Ford and John Watts are the co-writers of the as yet unmade Clown, which Watts will direct, and which Roth declares in the interview quoted above to be one of the best scripts he’s ever read. Sure, it’s natural he’ll sing the praises of his future collaborators, but let’s not be too cynical here, hm? Particularly as this could be the starting point of a film many of us have long hoped to see.
I hope this isn’t taken as too great a slight on Roth’s overall filmography (which I recognise the merit of, even though I’m not the biggest fan), but I really do think the fake trailer from Grindhouse is his most satisfying work yet. If he can maintain that level of sleazy fun for 90 minutes or less, this is one Thanksgiving dinner I’ll happily take a plateful of. And you know that means something, because I’m ENGLISH.
And sure, this might not be concrete confirmation that the movie is off the ground, but it’s a good excuse to post that lovely ol’ trailer again. NSFW, if you needed reminding.