Horror headliner Eli Roth recently spoke of his interest in adapting a story from the literary master of macabre, Stephen King. The two appear together in Mr.Roth’s latest AMC venture, Eli Roth’s History of Horror, an enlightening docuseries that unites some of the most prolific names in the horror industry as they discuss the genre’s evolution and its affect on society. Stephen King happens to be among an A-list of guests that include Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), Quentin Tarantino (Grindhouse), Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) and many more.
“It was my first time really sitting down and talking with him [Stephen King]. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the world of horror who hasn’t been impacted by King in some way, though King himself is more reluctant to hand out praise to all genre efforts.” – Eli Roth, Source: ComicBook.com
With fright-filled films such as Cabin Fever, Hostel and Grindhouse under his belt, Eli Roth is no stranger to entertaining our obsession for fright and Stephen King has been dishing disturbing tales for decades. There is no lack of interest in bringing King’s ‘killer’ stories to life.
“I mean, a lot of the ones that I’m particularly interested in, other people are currently sitting in those parking spaces. But if they become available, I would do it.” Source: ComicBook.com
Given the recent blockbuster success of Stephen King’s It, along with well-received adaptations for Mr. Mercedes, 11/22/63 and Gerald’s Game to name a few, it is no wonder that filmmakers pounce on King’s stories as soon as they are published. Some though will continue reaching into the vault of bestsellers in hopes of a hit re-make; Pet Sematary ‘comes back to life’ in theaters of April next year.
As much as I would love to see a Roth/King cinematic collaboration, it appears that Eli will have to get in line. Meanwhile, you can catch them both on Eli Roth’s History of Horror as they as they dissect the disturbing delights that have kept us all horrifically hooked.
“I’m thrilled to be part of this incredible series. For years, I’ve wanted to create a definitive ‘History of Horror,’ a living record of the genre with interviews from all the greats, old and new. Sadly, we lose more of these masters every year and with them go their stories and experiences. This show will serve as a record for future generations—fans and filmmakers alike—to enjoy. I could not be prouder to create this with AMC.” – Eli Roth, Source: PasteMagazine
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