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A sci-fi actioner and Thanksgiving

29 May 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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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.


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Thanks
Thanksgiving trailer was fun, would like to see what he would do in 3 weeks, much truer to the Grindhouse spirit. More

Posted by goreonthefloor at 23:54 on 01 June 2009 | Report This Post

eli roth
i love this gut and his films. think i wud rather trailer trash and cell More

Posted by Battan9000 at 23:10 on 29 May 2009 | Report This Post

WOW!
How unexciting! And yes please, change the photo. More

Posted by andyswright at 21:12 on 29 May 2009 | Report This Post

He's got nothing planned
So Cell and Trailer Trash are off now? Who's going to give him $60m? Who's going to give him the cash for Thanksgiving for that matter? Grindhouse flopped and his faux trailer is unavailable in most international markets or on American DVD at the moment. He'd be better off sitting down coming up with a new horror idea banging it out cheap and getting people excited in his work again, cos basterds isn't going to do that. More

Posted by drugstore at 16:19 on 29 May 2009 | Report This Post

Huh?
"do it in 18 says" what's that now? More

Posted by f1r3starter at 15:53 on 29 May 2009 | Report This Post

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L: Leeorami 2.0 I wish Empire would get a different photo of him as I really can't stand the current one. sp; Seconded. More

Posted by CORLEONE at 15:48 on 29 May 2009 | Report This Post

Cabin Fever had an appalling ending but Hostel 2 (essentially a love letter to Italian horror) was much better than Hostel. That said, the title Endangered Species sounds like a Sci Fi channel TV movie or DVD bottom shelf quickie. Or, shudder, a Species sequel. Thanksgiving could be good though. More

Posted by granny at 15:42 on 29 May 2009 | Report This Post

I wish Empire would get a different photo of him as I really can't stand the current one. More

Posted by Leeorami 2.0 at 15:32 on 29 May 2009 | Report This Post

Eli Roth is a good filmmaker
Even though Hostel 2 sucked, and he likes to have alot of gore in his movies, Eli Roth is a good filmmaker. Cabin Fever was a breath of fresh air of the horror movie genre, the first Hostel was just as good. More

Posted by DeathMag84 at 15:31 on 29 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: How many films will he make of this selection?
I love Eli! He has such a passion for making fun movies. Sure he isnt the most gifted filmmaker in the world but he I love his enthusiasm for making ridiculous horror movies and he really enjoys what he does.   Though i am disappointed to see that he seems to have forgotten about Trailer Park. More

Posted by Ste7enForever at 14:50 on 29 May 2009 | Report This Post

How many films will he make of this selection?
Where's Trailer Park or whatever his project was? He talks so much and delivers oh so little. More

Posted by Ethanial at 14:29 on 29 May 2009 | Report This Post

My God I hate this man... I think he should learn how to make films before he actually does, surely that makes sense? More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 14:27 on 29 May 2009 | Report This Post

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