HOSTEL: Paul Giamatti To Star In "Elevated" TV Series Based On Eli Roth's Gruesome Horror Movies

HOSTEL: Paul Giamatti To Star In "Elevated" TV Series Based On Eli Roth's Gruesome Horror Movies

Paul Giamatti expressed interest in "doing more horror" last year, and the Holdovers star has now joined the cast of a new Hostel TV series....

By MarkCassidy - Jun 05, 2024 09:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Horror
Source: Via FearHQ

When Paul Giamatti said he wanted to "do more horror," we're not sure anyone would have predicted this!

While doing the press rounds to promote his acclaimed comedy drama, The Holdovers, last year, the recent Academy Award-nominee expressed a desire to star in a horror project.

“Horror. I’d like to do more horror. I love horror,” he said when asked what type of movie he'd like to work on next. "I like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre a lot. I love horror. Love it!” When the interviewer was a taken aback that the well-respected actor is such a Chainsaw fan, Giamatti said: “Great movie! It’s a great movie. No, no, no, no, no, it’s a great movie, it’s a beautiful movie.”

"I don’t think I could do the killer," he went on. "But I don’t know what I would be. I would love to do something… I don’t know if I want to do that exactly, but I like horror."

According to THR (confirming a recent rumor from Daniel Richtman), the Billions star has signed on to play the lead in a TV series based on the Hostel movies, with Eli Roth, Chris Briggs and Mike Fleiss all returning. The show, which doesn't have a platform attached just yet, is being described as a “modern adaptation” and an “elevated thriller” that’s also a “reinvention” of the horror franchise.

An elevated take on the notorious "torture porn" Hostel franchise? We are curious, at the very least.

Roth and Briggs will pen the script, with the former set to direct. Roth, Briggs and Fleiss will all executive produce.

Details on Giamatti's character are being kept under wraps, but there's speculation that he will play the owner of the titular hostel that doubles as a sadistic chamber of horrors for unfortunate travellers.

Roth shared the following image to his Instagram account shorty after the series was announced.

"Best friends Josh (Derek Richardson) and Paxton (Jay Hernandez) decide to spend the summer after college graduation on an all-out backpacking trip across Europe. While stopping in Amsterdam to indulge their tastes for drugs and sex, they meet Oli (Eythor Gudjonsson), a like-minded traveler from Iceland. When the three bachelors set off to investigate enticing rumors of a Slovakian hostel in a city populated by lusty women, they find themselves drawn unwittingly into a deadly game."

What do you make of this news? Are you a fan of the Hostel movies? Drop us a comment down below.

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r1g0r - 6/5/2024, 9:27 AM
i'd like to nominate donald trump to be the first victim... erhhh, visitor.
Matchesz - 6/5/2024, 9:47 AM
@r1g0r - the far left is so funny 😐

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lazlodaytona - 6/5/2024, 9:56 AM
@Matchesz - dude. that was VERY inappropriate. I don't care what side you're on (I always vote independent because both parties are stupid as f***), that's really not cool. Plus, she's a sh1tty comedian anyway.
marvel72 - 6/5/2024, 10:13 AM
@Matchesz - I hope that ruined her career.
Blergh - 6/5/2024, 10:33 AM
@r1g0r - no need for torture or death, he’s done criminal sh’t and especially with the jury tampering discoveries lately all that needs to be done is put him in prison for an appropriate amount of time.

Don’t get me wrong, I can’t stand the guy. But he deserves due process as anyone else and needs to be locked up like any of us would under the same circumstances
Blergh - 6/5/2024, 10:34 AM
@Matchesz - that was a weird one, Trump was grade A comedy fodder for the likes of Burr, Jefferies and Gervais but nobody needed to stoop down to a low level like Griffin did.

He’s a nasty piece of work, doesn’t mean you need to be as nasty or nastier.
Arthorious - 6/5/2024, 10:51 AM
@Matchesz - and she wonders why no one goes to here stand ups… not even crickets. This was messed up
r1g0r - 6/5/2024, 11:42 AM
@Blergh -

The older I get, the less patience I have for misanthropes and narcissists.

Hang him.
r1g0r - 6/5/2024, 12:16 PM
@Matchesz -
As is the far right.

"Moderation in all things, save moderation itself."
Benjamin Franklin
MisterDoctor217 - 6/5/2024, 1:41 PM
@Blergh -

You do know he’s linked to Epstein right ?

There might be no concrete evidence (or maybe there is but they just scoop it under the rug) but hanging around shitty and vile people like that can’t mean anything good.
IAmAHoot - 6/5/2024, 9:38 AM
As far as The Taxas Chainsaw Massacre, I could absolutely have seen him playing one of the members of the Sawyer family. He can pull off that kind of crazy.
Blergh - 6/5/2024, 10:38 AM
@IAmAHoot - he could definitely play a damn fun Sawyer brother or crazed sheriff hunting for old Bubba. But if they make a new one I really hope the pick up the anti-meat industry message of 1/2 for morbid cannibal fun.

Not a vegetarian or vegan but I really love the message they were transporting in the original. The best horror is always one with a moral behind it. Allegorical storytelling just makes it always so much better to revisit a movie.
Recently X and Pearl made me all giddy with their messaging about body standards, moral panic and general love for film added to the obvious “fame over life”
GhostDog - 6/5/2024, 9:48 AM
This sounds really interesting. Giamatti continually underrated; even with the Oscar
ComicBandit - 6/5/2024, 6:43 PM
@GhostDog - I'd watch anything he is in. :)
lazlodaytona - 6/5/2024, 9:57 AM
His last film called "The Leftovers" was beyond awesome.
Razorface1 - 6/5/2024, 10:13 AM
Heh, "elevated". Really weird how they felt the need to make a term for good horror movies. Shows what the usual quality is like.
Blergh - 6/5/2024, 10:41 AM
@Razorface1 - I suppose it makes sense, you’ve got the horror with a message (“elevated”) and horror just for fun (I don’t see much messaging in the Conjuring movies, they’re dumb fun but if they really wanted to elevate it they should have played with the dubious nature the Warrens acted).

And to be fair Hostel/Saw got shat on massively during the moral outrage against “torture porn”. Just watching BTS videos shows how these movies take true dedication and artistic value to me
Razorface1 - 6/5/2024, 1:57 PM
@Blergh - thats my point
SheepishOne - 6/5/2024, 10:20 AM
Big fan of the Hostel series, so I’m all on board with this.
Blergh - 6/5/2024, 10:31 AM
Loved part 1, especially since I live pretty close to Romania and Ukraine. The horror stories told in Eastern Europe about the trade there are frightening (and obviously exaggerated but still fun to listen to). Pretty formative film for a young horror fan back then and still holds up.
The sequel was sorta meh but I liked how the third one tried to expand the lore of the Hunting Lodge (was that their name? Haven’t completely remember their name).

I can see this become the sort of “elevated” horror show adapting themes of poverty, exploitation and especially violent tendencies within western repressed cultures (perfectly shown in the Swedish doctor in part 1).

I’ll definitely keep an eye on this.
Origame - 6/5/2024, 11:04 AM
Why hostel? It's like saw but forgetting about the lore or escaping traps and is just torture.
Blergh - 6/5/2024, 1:51 PM
@Origame - rich people are paying a high roller organisation to unleash their inner “beast”. Let out the violent cravings few successful sociopaths hide from the rest of the world. Obviously we follow one of the bro victims as he uncovers this circumstance but the underlying themes are pretty solid to explore in a show.

Just imagine a story about a rich broker with a sociopathic tendencies, an urge to hurt and maim. Socially afraid to act on it he’s contacted by the Lodge and travels to Romania, there he deals with his daughter and waning humanity. Does he truly want to act on urges he knows to be wrong? Or will he do the right thing and help his to-be victim escape the Lodge?

Just spitballing ofc but I think a lot can be done here.
Saw is obviously the gold standard for continuous focus on story. But there’s place for more
Origame - 6/5/2024, 2:28 PM
@Blergh - that really doesn't sound interesting at all.
Blergh - 6/5/2024, 2:52 PM
@Origame - to me it does, tastes differ. But regardless, we'll see how it turns out
NinnesMBC - 6/6/2024, 1:25 AM
This is quite easily one of the weirdest news I've ever read, literally. And random. And I'm still honestly processing it.

TBH I think it's a downgrade for someone like Giamatti to get involved in this. After Billions and The Leftovers and even some other good projects like Cinderella Man etc even if it's a very old film, this just feels very beneath him. He could do so much better.

I won't be tuning it especially if it's gonna be as gore and gross as the actual films. I'm not the target demographic for this.

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