Eli Roth may have made his first proper acting appearance in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds recently, but he's still very much involved with a lot of producing and directing projects. But will he be involved with a third film in his successful Hostel franchise? Well, from the man himself comes the word that he's not involved with it in any way.
In talking with ComingSoon.net (thanks to ShockTillYouDrop), Roth said that he's happy to have made the first two Hostel movies, and quite obviously glad of the success he had with them (particularly the first), but he's not going to be doing the planned straight-to-DVD Hostel: Part III:
"That's another one like 'Cabin Fever 2'... The studio had made a lot of money with it so they want to keep going, and the fans, there's demand for it, and great. If I started something and other people want to continue it, go for it. I'm just not involved in anyway (with Hostel III). There's no negativity about it. I just said, 'I put everything in my life for three years into these movies. I've said everything I have to say with it. I feel very lucky I got to make them and the fans responded the way they did, and if you guys want to continue it, great, go ahead.'"
For the full interview with Roth - where he talks about such things as sequels/remakes/prequels in general, his other upcoming projects (including mentioning he won't be remaking The Funhouse remake he's developing for Universal) - you can head over to ShockTillYouDrop.
It was announced back in September of last year that Lionsgate was moving forward with Hostel III whether Roth was on-board or not, and it looks like this news confirms the latter. It's no secret that I loathe the Hostel movies, and since I really, really don't like Cabin Fever, I guess that means I don't like Roth as a director (with the exception of his Grindhouse fake trailer, Thanksgiving). So in that way I can't say I'm disappointed about Roth not being involved with Hostel: Part III.
However, that doesn't mean I want to see another Hostel movie without him - I would rather they just abort this franchise immediately. There are too many torture-porn movies out there without pointlessly extending the franchise that practically started the modern horror craze off, particularly if it's just straight-to-DVD (a sure-fire indication it's going to suck).
Even if I don't like Roth as a filmmaker, I must admit I'm interested in his upcoming first foray into the sci-fi genre with his $60 million Endangered Species, the most expensive movie he'll have ever worked on to date. Who knows, maybe sci-fi will be his forte?
What do you think about Eli Roth not being involved with Hostel: Part III? Do you think they should continue this franchise on beyond the second one?
No release has been set for the planned straight-to-DVD Hostel: Part III.