Eli Roth Returns to Cannes as ... an Actor
By Eric Kohn
The "Hostel" torture-porn director on his role as a Nazi alongside Brad Pitt in Tarantino's "Basterds."
It's just a feeling."
In 2007, he was attached to direct an adaptation of Stephen King's epic zombie thriller "Cell," but later dropped out. "I walked away from it," he says. "I love Stephen King and I love the book, but I want to write my own stories."
Meanwhile, his work has had reverberations elsewhere. Lionsgate hired indie horror director Ti West to direct a sequel to "Cabin Fever" several years ago, but the company felt that West's comic take on the material didn't work, and it remains unreleased.
Asked if he tried to help the sequel reach fruition, Roth pleads innocent.
"That's a project I'm not involved with," he says. "I love Ti West, and I can't
wait to see it. I'm sure it's great, but it's not my business. I'm making my own movies."