Cell Delayed, Roth Dismayed

The disappointing box-office of “Hostel: Part II” has upset quite a few, most notably its director Eli Roth who says on his blog that it will have an knock-on effect.

The most notable one will be a delay in his adaptation of Stephen King’s “Cell” – “I am not directing Cell any time soon, and I most likely will take the rest of the year to write my other projects. Which means I wouldn’t shoot until the spring and you wouldn’t see a film directed by me in the cinemas until at least next fall.”

He cites the infamous leaked pirate copy of the film as one of the reasons for the damaging box-office, especially internationally. Unlike other movies leaked online and taken with video cameras, “Hostel II” was notably a near DVD-quality unfinished work print.

He also adds that the R-rated horror genre is in serious jeopardy after several notable failures this year – “studios feel the public doesn’t want them anymore, and so they are only putting PG-13 films into production. The only way to counter this perception is to get out there and support R-rated horror.”

Hey so long as its GOOD R-rated horror, I’d agree.