This past week we caught up with writer-director-actor-producer Eli Roth to talk about The Last Exorcism, his horror flick that began a slew of special screenings at the San Diego Comic-Con (more on this soon). While a full report is forthcoming, we did have a chance to briefly talk to Roth about Hostel: Part 3, and his highly anticipated return to the director’s chair.
While Eli is listed as a producer on Sony Stage 6’s Hostel: Part III, he explains that he won’t be involved… at all.
“I’m not involved in any way,” Roth tells Bloody Disgusting in an exclusive chat. “Any information that says I’m a producer on it is false. I think they’re shooting in August, but Scott Spiegel is the one who can answer all questions on the film. I wish those guys the best of luck and hope they come back with a great film, but I have nothing to do with it.”
Spiegel is directing the sequel from a screenplay by Michael Weiss that takes an interesting turn: it will head to Vegas where a bachelor party goes horribly wrong. The groom could have a price on his head…
We also talked to Roth about his experience acting in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and his time away from directing. How much Eli will be see in the next few years?
“I don’t consider working on Basterds being out of action, it’s all part of a body of work I’ve done,” he explains. “It’s different from directing, but I still put 100% of myself into everything I do. The Hostel films were 3 years nonstop with no breaks. And by no breaks I mean there was not a single day off. I needed to recharge my batteries and refocus where I wanted to go from here creatively. I could feel I needed to pace myself, so Basterds was a great way to keep working without burning out. The film business can chew people up and spit them out and I want to be careful and smart about each film I get involved in.”
When asked if he has even more projects in the works outside of Endangered Species, Thanksgiving and Funhouse, he proclaimed, “Of course. All will be revealed in due time.”
The Last Exorcism arrives in theaters August 27.