All you need is a YouTube account and a dream. Remember when we brought you the fake trailer Clown, which purported to be an Eli Roth movie about a dad whose last minute clown costume for his son’s birthday turns him into a homicidal circus freak? Well, now it’s a real Eli Roth movie.
Roth isn’t directing it but rather producing the feature length version after meeting with John Watts and Christopher D. Ford, the guys who made the trailer. Roth promises that the film will go right to the edge, saying that he’s looking to create a new horror character to stand alongside Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface.
Roth tells Deadline: “It’s new territory to make this a version of The Fly, where this guy can feel himself changing, blacking out only to find blood all over his clown suit. You’re sympathetic toward a monster until the monster actually takes over.”
He also apologizes to the MPAA in advance for what they’ll be submitting in an effort to get an R rating.
Roth is also producing Aftershock, a movie about the recent horrifying 8.8 Chilean earthquake, to be directed by Nicolas Lopez, who directed a huge Chilean hit called Que Pena Tu Vida , which Deadline translates as Fuck My Life. Says Roth: “He told me about this earthquake, which turned the country into a shaking amusement park ride. There was no electricity or phones, all hell broke loose and everybody was communicating on their iPhones, which became their flashlights. We thought of writing a supernatural element, but his description of the buildings and towns leveled, anarchy and looters being shot from helicopters, was terrifying enough.”
Eli seems to be pretty settled in his producer role these days; he’s also producing RZA’s The Man With the Iron Fists, but there’s no word on when the heck he’ll be directing again. According to Deadline he hasn’t even taken his big FX monster movie Endangered Species to financiers; I wonder if Skyline has slowed that down.