Eli Roth is back in the director’s chair, helming the gothic horror movie The House With A Clock In Its Walls starring… Jack Black? Yep. The movie will be produced by Amblin Entertainment and Mythology Entertainment and is an adaptation of the 1973 John Bellairs book illustrated by Edward Gorey.
The House With A Clock In Its Walls is part of a 12-book series originally started by author John Bellairs in the early seventies. The novel tells the tale of a recently orphaned 10-year-old boy who discovers a world of hidden passageways, magic and danger in his Uncle’s old house.
After the author passed away in 1991, writer Brad Strickland continued what was known as the Lewis Barnavelt series, which included such novels as The Ghost In The Mirror (1993), The Vengeance Of The Witch-Finder (1993), The Doom Of The Haunted Opera (1995), The Specter From The Magician’s Museum (1998), The Beast Under The Wizard’s Bridge (2000), The Tower At The End Of The World (2001), The Whistle, The Grave, And The Ghost (2003), The House Where Nobody Lived (2006) and The Sign Of The Sinister Sorcerer (2008). It’s possible that this adaptation could spawn a franchise based on the rest of these books.
Coming off Goosebumps, Jack Black will star in the adaptation of the 1973 John Bellairs book. Black will next be seen in Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, and in the Gus Van Sant-directed Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot.
Roth, who is best known for Cabin Fever, Hostel, Knock, Knock, and Green Inferno, looks to get back into the director’s chair with a sizable budget and notable studio backing him this time. It will be his next project after coming off the remake of Death Wish starring Bruce Willis, and something more fantastical like The House With A Clock In Its Walls is just the ticket to broaden his prospects. It’s a welcome relief as Roth has really strayed from his former potential with acting stints on lesser projects and directing some pretty mediocre movies – unless of course you really dug Green Inferno?
Amblin Entertainment picked up the rights to The House With A Clock In Its Walls in April with Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt, and Eric Kripke producing. Kripke, who created the long-running CW show Supernatural, also wrote the script. Meanwhile, Mythology is in post-production on the Suspiria remake with Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and Chloe Grace Moretz.
There is no release date set for The House With A Clock In Its Walls but look for an early 2019 release.
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