Hostel's Eli Roth writing sci-fi epic with 'mass destruction'

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Hostel creator Eli Roth told MTV.com that he's developing a new epic sci-fi movie.

"I'm almost done with my new script," Roth told the site. "I was actually almost done with it before [Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious] Basterds [in which he has a role], but I had to put it down, and that was actually a good thing I took time away from it, but I'm going to finish that up and start shooting this fall."

Roth wouldn't say much about the movie, not even its name. "I don't want to give away the title yet, because I have to make sure I own it 100 percent, but it's going to be something that is really fun, with lots of mass destruction," he said. "I wanted to do something along the lines of Transformers or Cloverfield that was a little more science fiction-based, and with lots of chaos and mass destruction."

Roth admitted one thing: It will have a monster. "I don't want to say what [the monster is] yet," he said. "Once it gets set up, I will let everyone know. It is not aliens or robots or a virus; it's a little more grounded. But when people hear it, they are going to be like, 'That is going to be insane!'"

It's unclear if this film is the adaptation of Stephen King's Cell, to which Roth was at one time attached but was eventually put on hold after Roth's Hostel: Part II tanked.