Eli Roth boards “DEATH WISH” Remake, “ALEISTER ARCANE” AdaptationMovies/TV,News Lexi Harrington
Despite having two films out in the past year alone, contemporary gore-master Eli Roth doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Just this week, reports emerged that Roth has signed on to direct a pair of new genre-centric projects: the horror film ALEISTER ARCANE, and the remake of the ‘70s vengeance flick DEATH WISH. But he won’t be going to these films alone: joining him in these ventures are A-list giants Jim Carrey and Bruce Willis.
With films such as CABIN FEVER and HOSTEL on Roth’s resume, horror fans can excitedly await his adaptation of ALEISTER ARCANE, as announced by The Hollywood Reporter. Based on the comic book from Steve Niles and produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, Jim Carrey will be starring as Arcane, an old man shunned by his fellow town members. Before his death, Arcane places a curse on the community which rejected him, and a group of children who befriended Arcane must save their home. Carrey will serve as both executive producer and actor, and marks his second recent genre project behind A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT filmmaker Ana-Lily Amirpour’s cannibal western THE BAD BATCH.
As well as creating that new horror film, Eli Roth is replacing the directors of BIG BAD WOLVES on the remake of the revenge thriller DEATH WISH for Paramount. The original film, based on Brian Garfield’s 1972 novel, starred Charles Bronson and spawned four infamous sequels. Now, Roth will deliver his contemporary interpretation of the revenge film, with Bruce Willis in the lead role and 1408 writers Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski behind the script. Sadly, Deadline reports one of the casualties of the changeover is the buzzworthy original script from THE GREY’s Joe Carnahan.
With his penchant for graphically violent horror films, there’s speculation as to how he will chose to bring ALEISTER ARCANE to the screen, as the comic itself was more playfully spooky than genuinely frightening as well as Amblin’s involvement. It will also be interesting to see what Roth brings to the revenge thriller genre with DEATH WISH, as the vigilante movie is a new direction for Roth, whose name conjures up memories of unflinching tortures scenes. In any case, look out for more on Roth’s growing oeuvre here at FANGORIA.com.