Eli Roth may be best known for his 2005 hit Hostel and its sequel, but the horror auteur has made a concerted effort to keep busy since leaving his signature franchise to rest.
In recent years, Roth has focused largely on appearing onscreen in films like Inglourious Basterds and serving as a producer on releases like The Last Exorcism films and The Man with the Iron Fists as well as Netflix’s hit werewolf series Hemlock Grove. Back in 2013, The Green Inferno - Roth’s first directorial effort since the 2007 release of Hostel: Part II - toured the film festival circuit ahead of a U.S. theatrical bow in September this year, and now it looks like Roth is ready to jump into the director’s chair once again.
According to The Wrap, Roth has signed on to direct a new horror film entitled Knock Knock. The filmmaker also wrote the project with Nicolás López and Guillermo Amoedo, the duo with whom he co-wrote disaster film Aftershock. The plot of Knock Knock centers on two young women who seduce a married man and turn his perfect life upside down.
At this point, it’s unknown if Knock Knock will have some kind of supernatural twist or if the film will play out as an obsession thriller in the vein of Fatal Attraction. Given Roth’s previous work, it’s a good bet that the two women who propel the film’s story aren’t all that they seem. In addition, it’s possible that Roth will also act in the film, as he has in nearly all of his directorial projects.
Knock Knock is expected to carry a production budget of just $10 million; while that number is merely a fraction of major Hollywood releases, it represents the high end of what Roth’s films typically cost to make. While The Green Inferno hasn’t gotten a whole lot of studio attention thus far, it’s possible that Knock Knock could receive more widespread distribution.
However, this new development does raise the question of where several of Roth’s previously discussed projects currently stand. He remains attached to the re-imagined Dracula tale Harker and has repeatedly talked up Endangered Species and Thanksgiving (the featured based on his Grindhouse faux-trailer) in the past. Are those latter two projects officially dead?
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Knock Knock is set to begin production in April. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest updates as this story develops.
Source: The Wrap