Eli Roth Finally RSVP’s for Thanksgiving

Roth announces plans to direct the third Grindhouse spin-off from a screenplay by the writers of Robot & Frank.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


The cult favorite Grindhouse was, in no uncertain terms, a box office bomb, so it's pretty incredible that five years year we're confirming the third spin-off from the double-feature experiment, after Robert Rodriguez's Machete and Jason Eisener's Hobo with a Shotgun, each based on fake trailers from the film. Thanksgiving, one of the most popular trailers from Grindhouse, came courtesy of Cabin Fever and Hostel director Eli Roth, who for years has played coy about making the film for real. Those days are over. Now he says "Thanksgiving is happening."

"I'm working with the Clown writers on it," Eli Roth told Behind the Thrills. "Jeff Rundell, my co-writer and I, we have a very extensive treatment. We finally cracked the story and figured out how to really, really make it scary, and the reason to do it, and I'm really excited about it. So the Clown writers wrote one of the best scripts I ever read, and before John [Watts] starts shooting Clown he's got a window. And Chris Ford, whose 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 trailer for Thanksgiving promised a 1970's-styled slasher about a serial killer in a pilgrim's outfit terrorizing Plymouth, Massachusetts on, what else, Thanksgiving Day. It included a scene where the killer fornicates with a turkey and about half a dozen decapitations. If Thanksgiving does finally come together, the only fake trailers included in Grindhouse without their own feature film adaptation will be Rob Zombie's Nazi-exploitation riff Werewolf Women of the S.S. and Edgar Wright's haunted house movie Don't

CraveOnline will be back with more Thanksgiving news after we scare the stuffing out of you.