Eli Roth appeared on the Nerdist Podcast on Friday and talked about a number of interesting things both related and unrelated to his own various projects. Any fan of Roth’s should give it a listen here.
During the conversation, he happened to mention a piece of news that seems to have flown under the radar all week.
Back in February, we learned that Roth’s directorial follow-up to The Green Inferno (which hits theaters September 5th) would be Knock, Knock, which he co-wrote Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoeda (both of Aftershock). In April, we learned that it would star none other than Keanu Reeves. The premise (via IMDb) is:
A pair of femme fatales wreak havoc on the life of a happily married man.
On the podcast, in a segment in which he and Chris Hardwick are discussing how awesome of a guy Brad Pitt was on the set of Inglourious Basterds, the conversation turned to how great of a guy Reeves is as well, at which point Roth revealed that production has wrapped, and they’re in the editing phase. Roth says:
“I just directed a film with Keanu Reeves, and it was my first time directing a big, major star – Knock, Knock – we just wrapped. I’m editing now…the fucking coolest guy. And you think about it, like that guy’s been famous since the 80s. That guy’s been famous since I was in high school. I remember I was in high school when Bill and Ted came out, and it was like that guy has been famous for so long and so many decades…
We were shooting nights, and it was very intense, and it’s a thriller. It’s not a horror movie, but it’s like he goes through insane stuff in the movie…
I’ve been a fan of Roth’s since Cabin Fever’s release, and I have to say, I’m not used to his directorial projects moving forward so rapidly. I mean, it’s been seven years since Hostel: Part II and Thanksgiving (remember when he was supposed to be making that?). Not only do we have The Green Inferno to look forward to in a little over a month, but another Roth film next year. As much as I’ve enjoyed the other projects he’s been attached to since Hostel: Part II, I must admit I’m very excited to get a pair of his own films.
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