Eli Roth has been making the rounds this week to promote the uncensored director's cut of Cabin Fever on Blu-ray, which is being released today, February 16th, in conjunction with the standard issue DVD release of that film's long benched sequel Cabin Fever 2: Spring Break. While chatting with the director, we also talked a bit about his next feature film, the sci-fi thriller Endangered Species.
Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino team up for a Going in Style remake
At this time, the director is keeping rather tip-lipped on all the details. And wouldn't budge on giving us any new information regarding the plot. He did make it very clear that he still intends to make the long gestating feature length version of Thanksgiving based on his trailer from Grindhouse. But writing Endangered Species has gotten in the way of that project. He simply can't focus enough energy on too many different scripts at once. And Endangered Species is taking precedence over everything else. It is shaping up to be a pretty big project. The acclaimed horror director sounded eager to jump back behind the camera for his first foray into science fiction, and the film is going to take a lot of effort on his part.
We pushed him a little bit more, asking if he ever intended for all of his characters to exist in the same universe? Much like Quentin Tarantino does with his films. Would we be seeing Cabin Fever's Deputy Winston in Endangered Species, for instance? This lead Roth to talking a little bit more about the film, and his future plans with Tarantino, which includes a quasi-remake of the George Burns comedy Going in Style. A film we might not see for fifty or more years. Here's what Roth had to tell us:
Tarantino always has half of his films set in the same Universe, where certain characters can traipse in and out of different films whenever he sees fit. Do you look at your characters and universes the same way? Is it possible that Deputy Winston might find his way into Endangered Species?
Eli Roth: No. Look, Deputy Winston only exists in the world of Cabin Fever. That is a very specific world. I don't cross my characters between films. That is not something I have ever been interested in doing. I love that character. What is great about him is that he shows up, and there has obviously been someone murdered. The pieces are everywhere, but all he sees are the beer bottles. That's what makes him so funny. There is a part of him that is forever this nineteen-year-old kid. He never got to go to parties. Now he is in the position where he has to break them up. So, no. I know that Quentin will sometimes reference characters from other movies. They cross in and out of his film universe. But for me, the films are their own contained universes. The world of Cabin Fever is the world of Cabin Fever. And the world of Hostel is the world of Hostel. I have a whole bunch of new characters. I have a whole world of Deputy Winstons that are in my head, waiting to get out. I wrote Cabin Fever with Randy Pearlstein when I was twenty-two years old. I watch those scenes, and it feels like it was written by a twenty-two year old. That film is very much about being twenty-two as written by someone that is twenty-two. Whereas Hostel is a film about being twenty-two written by a thirty-two year old. There is a part of me that loves the character of Deputy Winston for what it is. But even today, I wouldn't write him in the same style I wrote him ten or fifteen years ago. Then, he wouldn't be Deputy Winston. So I am better off creating a whole new character entirely.
Can you talk specifically about some of the new characters you are creating for Endangered Species?
Eli Roth: Nope. No!
Will you be creating a role for American Movie's Michael Borchardt in Endangered Species?
Eli Roth: I would be honored to work with Michael Borchardt at any time. I think he is a genius. I would cast him in anything I ever do.
What about Quentin? Are you going to turn around and give Tarantino a good role in the film?
Eli Roth: Quentin and I had a discussion about this. I told him that when he is ninety-seven years old, and he is a crotchety old man, and I have been retired for ten years, I am going to bring him out of retirement as an actor. I am going to direct a movie where we are both two ninety-year-old guys that are bank robbers. We will go on a crazy killing spree having sex with as many strippers as possible. People will be so outraged. They will say, "These guys had such fantastic, long, distinguished careers. And they just ruined it. Because they wanted to be with a bunch of naked girls." That is my dream. For us to go out like Bonnie and Clyde. For us to make a movie when we are in our nineties and can barely walk. We have been demolished by Alzheimer's. We have no memory of our older movies. And we make this film that is filled with sex and violence, and its us in every scene. (Laughs)
It's weird that you bring that up. I was just talking about a film the other night that sounds sort of like that. It had George Burns and Art Carney as too old bank robbers. But I can't remember the title.
Eli Roth:Going in Style. We've joked about that. This is a movie that I want to make fifty or sixty year from now. It will be a film where people go, "I can't believe these two had these long, distinguished careers and they pissed it all away. They totally tarnished their reputations. Just because they wanted to see some naked girls.
It's too bad that I'm going to have to wait sixty years for that.
Eli Roth: That's the fun of it. It comes so far after the expiration date of appropriateness.
The uncensored director's cut of Cabin Fever on Blu-ray and the standard issue DVD release of Cabin Fever 2: Spring Break are in stores today.