Jim Carrey, Eli Roth Team on Horror Film ‘Aleister Arcane’

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Jim Carrey will star in and executive produce while Eli Roth directs the long-in-development horror movie “Aleister Arcane” for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment.

“Aleister Aracane,” written by Steven Niles, was first published in 2004 by IDW Comics. Jon Croker will adapt for the screen.

Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will produce along with Michael Aguilar.

The story centers on a group of children who befriend a bitter old man ruined and shunned by their parents. After his death, only they have the power to thwart the curse he has laid upon their town.

Variety reported in 2004 that Paramount had picked up the rights and set up the project with Aguilar and Dean Georgaris. The rights eventually lapsed.

The comic book story focused on a local TV horror host Aleister Arcane, who’s forced off the air due to the wishes of parents in an Oklahoma community. In the wake of Arcane’s unplanned retirement, unexplained terror and horror beset the town.

Carrey was most recently seen in 2014’s “Dumb and Dumber To.” Roth’s directing credits include “Cabin Fever,” the two “Hostel” movies, “The Green Inferno” and “Knock Knock.”

Carrey is represented by WME, Jimmy Miller/Mosaic and attorney Deborah Klein.

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  1. H.M.L. says:

    When Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Shelley Winters, Olivia de Havilland, etc. started to make horror films in the ’60’s, it was because it was hard for the aging stars to get the leading roles they were accustomed to. They called it hag horror. With Carrey, call it gag horror.

  2. Andras says:

    Carrey and Roth seem to be the oddest coupling.
    The commonality is that they both need a big HIT at this point in their career.

  3. Spike says:

    no longer hot in comedy, let’s hope he has a new career in horror. after all, he IS a character!

    • jhs39 says:

      Jim Carey ruined Number 13 and Lemony Snicket so it’s hard to have a lot of confidence. He mugs rather than acts and seems completely incapable of functioning outside of a very narrow comfort zone.

      • Kyle says:

        Haven’t seen all of Number 13, however I think he did great with Lemony Snicket. The only reason the reviews weren’t good was that it wasn’t as depressing as the book was. I could barely get through the 1st one. I’m happy they went light on the flick.

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