Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) is continuing to branch out into new ventures, with children’s horror The House with a Clock in its Walls. With this new film, Roth is getting to work with one of his cinematic heroes Steven Spielberg – whose company, Amblin Entertainment produced. The House with a Clock in its Walls looks to be a fantasy, horror, mystery, sci-fi, and thriller in the first trailer which just dropped. It is currently in post-production with a release date of September 21st, 2018. The official synopsis is:
A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.
The House with a Clock in its Walls is based off a novel written by John Bellairs that was originally published in 1973. The adaptation stars Owen Vaccaro as the main character Lewis. His magical uncle is none other than Jack Black portraying the role of Jonathan Barnavelt. Black is really solidifying himself in roles of horror films geared toward younder audiencies – following up 2015’s Goosebumps and perhaps its upcoming sequel. Also appearing in the film is the great Cate Blanchett in the role of Mrs. Zimmerman. Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet) will appear as the evil wizard trying to bring the apocalypse, Isaac Izard. Also appearing in the film is Colleen Camp (Clue, Knock Knock, Deadly Games).
Roth, who in the past was known for more horror and gore-filled films, seems to be shifting toward the mainstream. Earlier this year he directed Death Wish, an action film starring Bruce Willis. The House with a Clock in its Walls looks to be an even further departure, though still staying in his spooky wheelhouse. Working with Roth is writer Eric Kripke. Kripke served as a writer on Supernatural as well as the film Boogeyman from 2005. Together they are working to bring this novel to life on the big screen.