Eli Roth And Jack Black Team Up For The House With A Clock In Its Walls

Eli Roth

An adaptation of a gothic horror novel directed at child readers could be Eli Roth’s (Hostel, Cabin Fever) next venture in his famed Hollywood career. The horror master is bringing Jack Black (Goosebumps) along for the twisted ride.

According to multiple entertainment sources, Roth is tapped to direct The House with a Clock in its Walls, which is based on a novel of the same name written by John Bellairs and originally published in 1973. The book was illustrated by Edward Gorey.

From what we currently know, Eric Kripke the creator of The WB (now The CW) series Supernatural, the NBC series Revolution and more recently, the NBC series Timeless, penned the screenplay for the film.

Although not officially announced yet, Black is expected to play the main characters relative, Lewis Barnavelt’s uncle.

Lastly, Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt will produce the film, with William Sherak, Tracey Nyberg, and Laeta Kalogridis on board as executive producers.

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About the Novel

Lewis always dreamed of living in an old house full of secret passageways, hidden rooms, and big marble fireplaces. And suddenly, after the death of his parents, he finds himself in just such a mansion–his Uncle Jonathan’s. When he discovers that his big friendly uncle is also a wizard, Lewis has a hard time keeping himself from jumping up and down in his seat. Unfortunately, what Lewis doesn’t bank on is the fact that the previous owner of the mansion was also a wizard–but an evil one who has placed a tick-tocking clock somewhere in the bowels of the house, marking off the minutes until the end of the world. And when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead on Halloween night, the clock only ticks louder and faster. Doomsday draws near–unless Lewis can stop the clock!

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