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Eli Roth to direct David O. Russell-scripted horror?

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Who saw this coming? David O. Russell, the Academy Award-nominated director of THE FIGHTER and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, is claiming to have a horror script lying in wait, with none other than Eli Roth (pictured above) bringing it to fruition.

According to The Playlist, during a roundtable interview for his upcoming AMERICAN HUSTLE, Russell said he wrote a genre screenplay during his directorial downtime following I HEART HUCKABEES, among other assorted projects. Surprisingly, horror maestro Eli Roth, who himself has a hole in his schedule this year following THE GREEN INFERNO and the pilot for HEMLOCK GROVE, has gravitated toward the project.

“Well, it’ll be coupled with Eli Roth, that’s exciting to me,” he told the site. “I had to write to support myself. So I wrote a horror for producer Colleen Camp, a horror film that I thought was interesting. And Eli thinks it’s interesting, I think he’s going to make it more interesting. It’s emotional, it’s also… we’ll see. It’s also…I don’t wanna say anything more, I’ll let Eli talk about it.”

The idea of Roth adapting a Russell script is fascinating, to say the least. Russell’s talky and sardonic narrative style may finally give Roth the character development that his otherwise glorious gorefests could use advantageously. Is this mere conjecture based on what Russell has heard from the grapevine, or will Roth take on this mysterious project to follow his buzz-building cannibal effort? Time will tell, but you can be certain we’ll be keeping an ear to the ground for more on this developing fright flick.

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Ken W. Hanley
Ken W. Hanley is the Web Content Manager for FANGORIA, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, a graphic novel and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.
  • Joe

    Still confused on why he would let Roth direct it but the screenplay sounds interesting. Roth is about gore and shock. Character development isn’t one of his strong points but maybe this could be the script to show Roth to be a real horror director.

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