By Monika Bartyzel
The bloody turkeys are coming! Okay ... this isn't the big news, but it's what I'm going to go with first, because I think we've all been waiting long enough to hear about a longer, more bloody Thanksgiving. Eli Roth may have said: "Thanksgiving was the most fun I've ever had shooting anything, and the response to it was the best response to anything I've ever done in my career," back in 2007, but that's all we heard -- the faint glimmer of hope thrown at the fans, just like Machete. But the idea isn't dead.
In a discussion with MTV, Roth revealed that he still wants to make that Grindhouse trailer into a full-length feature. "I want to make the highest body count slasher film I can," Roth said, while explaining that he hopes he can tack $5 mil and a few weeks onto another, bigger film to finally make Thanksgiving a reality.
This bigger film doesn't have a name yet, but Roth says he's almost done with the script and plans to start production this fall. "I don't want to give away the title yet, because I have to make sure I own it 100%, but it's going to be something that is really fun with lots of mass destruction. I wanted to do something along the lines of Transformers or Cloverfield that was a little more science fiction-based, and with lots of chaos and mass destruction."
He says it's not aliens, or robots, or a virus, so what could it be? All he'll say is: "when people hear it they are going to be like 'That is going to be insane!'" But first he's got to shop it around to studios who can pay his proposed $85 million price tag -- $80 for the scifi feature, and $5 for Thanksgiving. If only the latter could gobble its way to screens in time for the holiday...