August 23, 2012


Eli Roth has given an update to BehindTheThrills about the current status of his horror project Thanksgiving. Roth has hired the writing duo of Christopher D. Ford and Jeff Watts to finish the script Eli and his writing partner Jeff Rendell had been working on. The pair have worked together for The Onion before putting together a faux trailer of their own for Clown, which had Roth's name attached to it (he was never involved). It got his attention and the two have been tasked to round out the Thanksgiving script. Ford recently wrote Frank And Robot while Watts is gearing up to direct Clown with Eli as it's newly appointed producer.

"[Thanksgiving] is gonna happen. I’m working with the Clown writers on it. We have a call scheduled tomorrow afternoon. Jeff Rendell, my co-writer on it, we have a very extensive treatment. We finally cracked the story and figured out how to really make it scary, and the reason to do it. I’m really excited about it. The Clown writers wrote one of the best scripts I’ve ever read, and before Jon Watts starts shooting Clown he’s got a window, and Chris Ford, his movie Robot & Frank just opened, Chris and John are going to write the screenplay with me and my writing partner Jeff. So we’ll have a draft soon."

The faux trailer for Thanksgiving was originally meant as a one-off favor to Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez to give their Grindhouse double feature some classic cheesy trailers to go with it. Along with Machete, Thanksgiving became the favorite of the group. A majority of the cast was made of background actors from Europe that were featured in Hostel II. Roth currently has the Dracula flick Harker coming up next for Warner Bros. and along with his South American set horror film The Green Inferno afterwards. It's possible he could end up directing sometime after Harker is completed in late 2013.

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