Cate Blanchett and Jack Black aren’t the first people you’d think of for a movie directed by Eli Roth, the man behind Hostel, Cabin Fever and The Green Inferno. However, Black is already onboard his upcoming The House With A Clock In Its Walls, while Variety report Blanchett is not in talks to join him.
The film is an adaptation of John Bellairs 1973 novel, which was illustrated by Edward Gorey. It ‘tells the tale of a recently orphaned 10-year-old boy who discovers a world of hidden passageways, magic, and danger in his uncle’s old house.’
As that synopsis suggests, this is going to be different in tone the Roth’s often dark, gory and very grown-up movies. The House With A Clock In Its Walls is still in the horror wheelhouse, but Bellair’s book was written for younger readers, so it’s likely the movie will follow suit.