Eli Roth Talks ‘Hostel’ and Plans for the Future

As you all know Eli Roth has just embarked on a journey to film his next flick Hostel for Sony Screen Gems. The news was quit vague, so Eli wrote in to tell us more about the project and to update us on the future projects he’s working on, like The Box with Richard Kelly and The Bad Seed with Warner Bros. Read on for the story…
Eli writes in:

“I realized last fall that as much as I am thrilled to be doing a horror movie at Warner Bros. (BAD SEED) and a comedy at Universal (SCAVENGER HUNT), and a project with Richard Kelly, (THE BOX), the scripts for any of these films would not be ready to shoot until the spring of 2005. I have a very high standard for what I consider “ready to shoot,” and writing a good script takes time. A lot of time, as well as a lot of care, and I am extremely lucky to have such great writers as Richard Kelly and Brian Nelson (who wrote HARD CANDY, which you will all soon know) working on my next films. So please know that these projects are definitely happening, though I’m not quite sure in what order. Believe me, as soon as I know, I’ll let you know, but for now they are moving forward in active development…

…So let me tell you that HOSTEL is a wet dream come true. It’s sick. I mean really sick. It’s based on events I have been researching, which I wrote in with my own personal experiences of some horrific things I have witnessed. And this film gives me such a boner I wake up every morning with a jizz-stained hole burned in my sheets. Okay, is that visual graphic enough for you?

All I can say for now is that I am 2 weeks away from principal photography, and I wasn’t going to say a word until the cameras were rolling, because I’m terribly superstitious and worry that an earthquake will hit or something. HOSTEL is going to be very, very different from CABIN FEVER in tone. This is not a horror comedy. This is a violent, scary film that will be much closer in tone to a film like Miike’s AUDITION or Hooper’s TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. I am producing the film with Mike Fleiss (who produced the CHAINSAW remake with Michael Bay) and his partner Chris Briggs, and my Raw Nerve partners Scott Spiegel and Boaz Yakin will Executive Produce. I am extremely lucky that Screen Gems came in and picked the film up for distribution already, so I can make it independently and still have a worldwide theatrical release.”