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||[May. 5th, 2008|12:41 pm]
Eli Roth Fans
The other week at the N.M.E. awards I did an interview with a journalist talking about what projects I'm currently working on. He asked if I was making any more "Hostel" films, and I said no, I was kind of bled out at the moment. Having gone back to back to back with 3 very violent films and a very violent trailer, I suddenly found myself thinking of new ideas. I have a pretty good idea of where my ideas come from, but I don't really know. One minute it's just there, fully formed, and you see it in your head. And suddenly, it's all you can think about. It's like some other being has possessed you and is controlling your thoughts, making you think only about this one thing that didn't exist anywhere in your conscious brain fifteen minutes ago. The journalist asked me about the trend of PG-13 films, and I said that my new film is PG-13, and that it was not a horror movie, it was action/sci-fi. He looked very surprised. How could I possibly make a PG-13 film? Especially one that wasn't a horror movie???? I explained to him, that it's not that I wanted to or set out to make a PG-13 film, but that the idea best lent itself to a PG-13 rating. I said the mistake that studios make is that films get watered down or castrated to fit a certain rating, and that rating doesn't necessarily best serve the story. "Hostel" would not have worked as a PG-13 movie, because a very important ingredient to the story is the violence. A film like "Cloverfield", in my mind, was the perfect PG-13 movie, because it was really scary, it had a good amount of violence, but just the shot of the girl's chest exploding in the tent was all you really needed. It wasn't about the gore, it was about the monster. We got in a conversation about "Transformers," which I loved. Those are two films that had mass destruction and chaos and were very fun PG-13 films. "Iron Man" is the latest example of a great PG-13 film. I told the reporter that I was really inspired by these films, and that I had an idea that was in that genre that I was getting ready to announce.|
And then this story came out. While the reporting was fair and I like the journalist, I can just see some editor coming up with a spin about how I "ditched horror," just to get people to read the story. As soon as I saw that headline I just thought "I should've kept my mouth shut." That one headline went all around the internet. A headline that nasty is not only untrue, it makes it seem like I'm like spitting in the face of everyone who's ever supported me. It was really frustrating to read that, even though I know my real fans would know a headline like that is bullshit. And then I realized that no matter what I say, people are going to put some kind of "spin" on it, true or not, to get people to read the story. All I would ask of you guys is to be wary of any headlines about me, because until my next film comes out, we're going to see more of them. If I made Hostel 3 they'd say I was repeating myself, and if I said I'm doing anything different they say that I'm "ditching" horror.
I'm only going to make ideas that excite me. Period. Some of those ideas are R rated, some of them are G rated, and some of them are in between. Some ideas are horror, some are comedy, some are sci-fi, some are animated. Some ideas are feature films, some are shorts, some are not even film ideas. I've never locked myself into making one thing except the ideas that excite me. I'm in a very fortunate position that I have the luxury of choosing what project I do next, and I'm only going to do an idea that I'm so fired up about it won't let me sleep at night. And I've had crazy insomnia working on this new project. Major announcement coming soon. Stay tuned.
*Special Thanks to Mr. Disgusting for putting up the G4 Icons episode about me*
If you have the time for G4 Icons, it's very much worth the watch. Here are parts two and three.