Eli Rothis one of those guys who seemingly never stops working. Whether serving as director, producer, actor, or some combination thereof, he’s always got a bounty of projects on the table. This year is no different and first up is The Last Exorcism 2, opening March 1st, for which Roth returns as producer. Part 2 continues where the first film left off, Louisiana farm girl Nell (Ashley Bell) is found alone in the woods with her family dead and no memory of what happened. As she tries to build a new life for herself in New Orleans pieces of her past begin to resurface and she discovers that the demon inside her is in no hurry to let her go.
I recently landed an exclusive phone interview with Roth. He talked about coming up with a new approach for the sequel, the difficulty of titling the sequel, and whether fans can expect to have their questions answered. He also talked about getting back in the director’s chair with The Green Inferno, shooting in the Amazon, the status on Thanksgiving, stepping into television format with Hemlock Grove, and working with Ti West on The Sacrament. Check out the full transcript after the jump.
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, who will soon be appearing in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” as an inglourious basterd, has revealed to Empire his next two projects: first is “Thanksgiving” which was inspired by his ridiculously twisted trailer he did for “Grindhouse”. He also reveals that he wants to do a $60 million sci-fi flick called “Endangered Species” and quote “where I can really do lots of mass destruction and really destroy lots of shit!” Oh, Eli. You’re irascible.
He also mentions that the way he wants to do “Thanksgiving” is the way he did “Nation’s Pride”, a film that’s within the film of “Inglourious Basterds”. I haven’t been the biggest fan of Roth’s previous work but what he describes as his plan for “Thanksgiving” certainly sounds exciting:
“I just want to go, go, go. Get as much footage, and as many kills as possible, and not be self-conscious. Because when you’re moving at that speed, you’re not thinking, you’re just feeling and you’re going on instinct. And that’s where the best stuff comes from. There’s an energy to that Grindhouse trailer for Thanksgiving that, for me caught the spirit of the movie. And I was like, ‘What if I did this for three weeks?’ No pretensions. Just, ‘Fuck it. Let’s make a fifth movie, do it fast, bang it out and make it great.’ I mean, still take it seriously, as a real movie, but just do it in 18 says and see what the hell happens when I really push myself.”
But before he go, go, goes, you can see Roth beat the shit out of Nazis in “Inglourious Basterds” on August 21st.