If you've ever longed for the day that Eli Roth might make a kid-friendly horror movie, today's your lucky day: according to The Hollywood Reporter, Roth is teaming up with Jack Black for an adaptation of John Bellairs' The House With A Clock In Its Walls, which is basically a YA gothic horror novel.
THR's got a plot description for those of you who aren't familiar with the book:
"The 1973 gothic horror novel, written by John Bellairs with illustrations by Edward Gorey, told of a recently orphaned boy who moves in with this uncle. The uncle, it turns out, is a mediocre witch, and soon the boy finds himself in a world of magic and danger, especially when he discovers the existence of clock inside the walls of his house that is designed to bring about doomsday."
We're very curious to see what it looks like when Eli Roth tackles non-R-rated material (the director's next film, Death Wish, is - like most Roth joints before it - likely to be overflowing with blood), and it's interesting to see Jack Black signing on for another YA horror project after Goosebumps (and the forthcoming Goosebumps 2). No idea if this'll end up being any good, but between the source material and the creative pairing of Roth and Black, we're intrigued.
Nothing further to report at this time, but we'll be keeping an eye on this one as it works its way through production. In the meantime: any of you guys read John Bellairs when you were little? I was all over those books, and might even be interested in revisiting this one before the movie arrives.