Two notable horror franchises over the past few decades have been “Hostel” and “Scream.” The former is the product of Eli Roth and his warped imagination, while the latter came in part from Kevin Williamson. The series are very different, though both hold a place in the hearts of genre fans. Now, enjoyers of both may get to see the filmmakers team up for a new project.
Deadline has the exclusive, detailing how Roth and Williamson are helping to adapt the Erica Ferencik novel “The River At Night” for Miramax. There’s an eye for Roth to also direct, though nothing is finalized there. The screenplay will be written by Melanie Toast, provided she signs on.
This is how the book is described:
Stifled by a soul-crushing job, devastated by the death of her beloved brother, and lonely after the end of a 15-year marriage, Wini is feeling vulnerable. So when her three best friends insist on a high-octane getaway for their annual girls’ trip, she signs on, despite her misgivings. What starts out as an invigorating hiking and rafting excursion in the remote Allagash Wilderness soon becomes an all-too-real nightmare; a freak accident leaves the women stranded, separating them from their raft and everything they need to survive. When night descends, a fire on the mountainside lures them to a ramshackle camp that appears to be their lifeline. But as Wini and her friends grasp the true intent of their supposed saviors, long buried secrets emerge and lifelong allegiances are put to the test. To survive, Wini must reach beyond the world she knows to harness an inner strength she never knew she possessed.
Roth directing a script that he shaped with Williamson? That would be exciting no matter what. Throw in the interesting sounding novel that they’re adapting and this is one to watch out for!