The words “family friendly” and the name “Eli Roth” hardly go together, but his next film [following his poorly received Death Wish remake which still hasn’t hit the UK] is actually based on a children’s book from 1973 written by John Bellairs, and looks very much in the vein of Goosebumps. He’s making it in partnership with Amblin Entertainment.
“The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.”
Roth directs from a script by Eric Kripke, and Owen Vaccaro, Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Kyle MacLachlan and Colleen Camp star. Universal Pictures will release the film on September 21, 2018.