Grindhouse ultimately flopped at the box office, yet the legacy may prevail through all the movies it launched. Already the fake trailers for Machete and Hobo with a Shotgun have been turned into full-length feature films. Director Eli Roth promises that his trailer for Thanksgiving is next in line to expand to a movie. Roth and his writing partner Jeff Rundell have scripted a “very extensive treatment.” They recruited Jon Watts and Christopher D. Ford to work on the screenplay based on their impressive work on the script for Clown, a horror film that Roth is producing. Roth expects to produce a Thanksgiving screenplay soon.
Hit the jump to see what Roth had to say about the development process.
Eli Roth has signed on to produce two horror projects for Cross Creek Pictures and Vertebra Films. The first project is Clown, the story of “a loving father who dons a clown outfit and make-up to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover the costume — red nose and wig included — will not come off.” A fake trailer for the film made the rounds around the internet a couple of weeks ago, and included Eli Roth’s name in its faux credits. The trailer got Roth’s attention: “I was blown away when I saw that Clown trailer. Everyone thought it was real, or that I had at least made a fake trailer. I called the guys right away and their first response was ‘Thank you for not suing us!’ I said ‘Sue you? Let’s make this into a real film!’ ” Jon Watts will direct from a script he will co-write with Christopher D. Ford.
The second project is Aftershock, a high-octane horror-thriller set during the aftermath of the February 27, 2010 Chilean earthquake. Roth will co-write the film with Nicolás López and Guillermo Amoedo; López is set to direct. Hit the jump to read the full press release and to see the “trailer” for Clown.