Eli Roth Talks ‘Thanksgiving’ & His Secret Sci-Fi Movie

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 4:49 pm,

The last time we reported on what Eli Roth’s next projects would be, he revealed that they are a full-length version of his fake Thanksgiving trailer from Grindhouse and a mysterious, untitled big-budget sci-fi movie. He stated that Thanksgiving would be a fairly low-budgeted movie ($15 million at most) and that it would be, “the sickest, bloodiest, most violent slasher movie.” What was more interesting though, is that he said he wanted to shoot it in three weeks at the end of a big-budget shoot for a sci-fi movie that he was so secretive about that he couldn’t/wouldn’t even give us the name of it.

Hmmm, intriguing…

However, in speaking with Empire recently, Roth spoke about his upcoming two projects and revealed some more information. He discussed his plans for the full-length feature based on the hilarious Thanksgiving trailer that we saw with Grindhouse, but more importantly, he revealed the name of his mysterious, secretive sci-fi movie:

“There’s a science fiction movie, 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 sh**!… [It’s called] Endangered Species… that’s the first time I’ve uttered those two words.”

Endangered Species, huh? Again, sounds intriguing…

As I said in my last post about Roth’s next two projects, I never would have pegged him to make any kind of sci-fi movie – Never mind one with such a size of budget (it’s no $200 million – *cough* Avatar! *cough* but it’s big enough, certainly for a director who’s never made a movie in the genre before).

thanksgiving Eli Roth Talks Thanksgiving & His Secret Sci Fi Movie

Unfortunately, Roth didn’t speak about what Endangered Species will be about (I know, folks, I’m sad, too), but as mentioned he talked a bit more about his plan for the Thanksgiving movie:

“…I want to tack on three weeks at the end of it [Endangered Species] – 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, ‘F**k 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 days and see what the hell happens when I really push myself.”

If you haven’t seen Grindhouse and the Thanksgiving spoof trailer that was a part of it, you are seriously missing out. If you want, you can check out the trailer over at YouTube.

Although I’m not a fan of Roth as a filmmaker (his Hostel movies are a complete waste of time, and Cabin Fever ain’t far behind them), I still admit to loving his Thanksgiving trailer. Tied with Machete for the best of the bunch (it was one of only two that could work as a full-length feature film – the other being the aforementioned Machete), it was funny, gross, and above all, extremely entertaining. I look forward to seeing if Roth makes use of the potential that the fake trailer has (as I do with Robert Rodriguez with his full version of Machete).

Endangered Species I can’t say much about because all we have is the name and some possible angles of it being like Transformers and Cloverfield (Roth’s words, not mine). However, I’m willing to give Roth the benefit of the doubt as he forays into the sci-fi genre that is unknown to him. I’m always willing to be proven wrong about a filmmaker (Thanksgiving put him firmly on the way).

What do you think of Eli Roth’s next two projects: Thanksgiving and Endangered Species?

Source: Empire

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  1. I guess Eli Roth films aren’t for everyone,but I personally loved both Hostel movies and Cabin Fever.I think that people who don’t like his movies never really liked those really cheap 80’s horror/slasher flicks,like Truth Or Dare,Silent Night,Deadly Night,or Student Bodies(even though that was more comedy than anything).Roth has his niche kinda like Tarantino has his,and either you like it or you don’t.

    I can’t wait for Thanksgiving(the movie not the holiday),it was the funniest of all of the Grindhouse trailers,and I’m sure would make an entertaining movie.

  2. Is it just me or does Roth sound like a complete meat head?

    “I want to destroy sh*t…get as many kills as possible” How about “focus on the characters and the story”?

    Hostel 1 was a pretty scary movie (for personal reasons, since I was going on a Europe trip at that time).

    Cabin Fever was hot garbage. A below the average flick that was over-hyped as the second coming of the horror genre.

    Can’t say I look forward to any of his movies.

  3. “Is it just me or does Roth sound like a complete meat head?”

    It’s not just you.


  4. I hope I’m wrong but from every interview I’ve read about Roth, he comes off as a frat guy who’s doing movies.

    He seems to care about gore, “blowing sh*t up”, etc.

    I hope he evolves because he does have some interesting ideas.

  5. You can’t take Eli Roth too seriously. He doesn’t seem to either. Going into these movies, you should know what to expect. I think he’s a strange kind of genius that is simply doing what he enjoys. That’s how Tarantino started and we’ve learned to love his eccentricities or simply ignore them. I really enjoy watching Eli on screen simply because he is so vulgar. It’s a departure for me as I simply don’t think that way. He was awesome as the Bear-Jew and I hope he writes himself into Endangered Species somehow. It sounds like a lot of fun. Frankly.. make it Restricted. I love Cloverfield… but would love to see an indulgent retro take on the monster movie genre.

  6. I can’t wait for Thanksgiving, Roth is the Tarintino of horror. His films are for the people who adore horror films, they look stunning on a cheap budget, his use of classic film scores is genius and his knowledge of what’s been and gone in the genre gives his writing skills such originality. He don’t just make horror films he re invents sub genres of the horror genre. After cabin and hostel we had to endure a ton of imatations, all were terrible and paled in comparison. I think green inferno will re invent another sub genre for the times (cannibals haven’t been cool since silence of the lambs) as for Thanksgiving, I think with the subject of pilgrims and the history of Thanksgiving, Roth could achieve a scary, inventive slasher pic that maintains its knowledge of the genre without becoming to self referrential. As for Endangered Species, all I’m saying is imagine the 70s invasion of the body snatchers with a really big budget and plenty of gore. All hail Eli Roth