The past 24 hours have been big ones for director Eli Roth. First came the announcement that he’d be teaming with Bruce Willis to remake Death Wish, and now The Hollywood Reporter has it that he’s closed a deal with yet another A-list star. Roth will direct Jim Carrey in an adaptation of the horror comic Aleister Arcane.
Published by IDW in 2004, the book is the work of author Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and artist Breehn Burns. It tells the story of Aleister Green, a Los Angeles weatherman who heads back to his Jackson, Oklahoma home to host a late-night TV horror show. Jackson isn’t as welcoming as he’d hoped, though, and he’s forced into retirement. When he’s put on trial for an incident involving two kids, his spirit is completely broken and he’s sent to an early grave. It’s then that eerie, macabre occurrences start popping up all over town, Green’s goodbye gift to the town he once loved. Only the two kids have the ability to break the curse, before the town descends into true chaos.
The rights for the feature adaptation were owned by Paramount in 2004, but after the rights lapsed, Roth and Carrey put together a package with screenwriter Jon Croker (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) that was picked up by Amblin Entertainment. Carrey will executive produce in addition to starring, while David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films will produce alongside Michael Aguilar. There’s no word yet on when the film will come to fruition, or whether it or Death Wish will come first.