It would seem that after Eli Roth’s last film – the “Cannibal Holocaust”- inspired “The Green Inferno” – made such little impact on the moviegoing public, the horror filmmaker is doubling down on projects that will help get his name out there again. Just yesterday announcing that he would direct a remake of “Death Wish” starring Bruce Willis, it looks like he’s venturing into another A-lister-headlined production.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Roth is teaming up with Jim Carrey to bring to life an adaptation of “30 Days Of Night” creator Steve Niles comic “Aleister Arcane.” Carrey would be playing the titular character, who is a weatherman by day and an Elvira-esque midnight movie host who dies after being falsely accused of an incident involving two children, only for a curse of his to return to the town later. Jon Croker (“The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death”) is penning the script. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment will produce, with Mandeville Films.
On paper, it sounds like a cross between “The Monster Squad” and “Beetlejuice,” which is enticing. Whether or not it ends up like that on screen, we’ll see. Regardless, Carrey is an interesting choice, and will be starring in another horror film – “The Bad Batch” from “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” director Ana Lily Amirpour – very soon. Let’s just hope he isn’t as out of place in these films as he was in Joel Schumacher’s “The Number 23.”