A few weeks back, there was this cool/funny clip going around the internet, a fake movie trailer for “Clown,” which was kind of like a horror version of The Santa Clause if, instead of Santa, Tim Allen turned into a clown. (The part where the clown hair keeps growing back really hit home for me). The credits at the end of the trailer said “directed by Eli Roth”, and while Eli Roth had nothing to do with it, putting his name on it got the guys who did make it a meeting with him, and now Roth is producing the full-length version. And if they didn’t celebrate over cocaine, everything I thought I knew about Hollywood is wrong.
For ‘Clown’ creators Jon Watts and Christopher Ford, it actually ended up netting them a meeting with Eli Roth, Cross Creek Pictures president Brian Oliver and Vertebra Films head Steven Prince. Roth, Oliver and Prince not only liked what they saw, but they clearly liked what they heard and so they’ve agreed to fully finance and produce a feature length version of ‘Clown’ for Ford to write and Watts to direct. From the press release:
“I was blown away when I saw that CLOWN trailer,” Roth said. “Everyone thought it was real, or that I had at least made a fake trailer. I called the guys right away and their first response was ‘Thank you for not suing us!’ I said ‘Sue you? Let’s make this into a real film!’ They are incredibly talented, smart guys ready to make their feature debut.” [Moviefone]
I hope the plan is for the movie to be sort of tongue in cheek and comedic, because that was the best part of the trailer. (Also, Extremo should be involved in some capacity). It’s sad, but these days, a 70-second YouTube clip has a much better chance of landing you a movie deal than a whole script, which no one has time to read. Or maybe I’m just jealous that it never seems to work out this way for my Diora Baird fan fiction. And don’t tell me it’s because no one has the budget for a full-grown cuttlefish, man, that’s a total cop out.