Our Cannes guru (or at least Kangaroo) Damon Wise sat down with Inglourious Basterds star Eli Roth just the other day and managed to get a few tidbits from him about the new films he has coming up: a full-length version of his Grindhouse trailer Thanksgiving, and an entirely new sci-fi film called (we can exclusively reveal) Endangered Species.
""There's a science fiction movie," he told us, "and I definitely wanna make Thanksgiving. I want to do a sci-fi movie, like, a $60m movie – something in that budget range – where I can really do lots of mass destruction and really destroy lots of shit!"
"But I want to tack on three weeks at the end of it – like, 18 days. The way I did Nation's Pride [the film-within-a-film from Inglourious Basterds], that's how I want to shoot Thanksgiving. 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."
And when we asked him about the sci-fi movie, he told us, "Endangered Species. And that's the first time I've uttered those two words. You have an exclusive on it."
Ladies and gentlemen, you heard it here first. Inglourious Basterds is out on August 21 here, so you can see Roth and a baseball bat in action then.