Paul Giamatti To Star In TV Series Based On Eli Roth’s ‘Hostel’ Movies

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: Paul Giamatti is set to star in a TV series based on Eli Roth’s gruesome Hostel movies. THR has the news of the Oscar-nominated The Holdovers actor starring in a reimagining of Roth’s horror franchise which was very much a big part of the “torture porn” era right along with Saw and others.

Roth is behind the Hostel series along with producers Chris Briggs and Mike Fleiss. Released in 2005, Hostel centered on a group of young American tourists in Slovakia who, after being unable to get back into their hostel, are kidnapped by a secret organization and used as victims for wealthy people to murder and torture for pleasure.

The first Hostel was a big hit, earning $82M on a budget of less than $5M. Sequels released in 2007 and 2011 were less successful, however. Roth has done a lot since then, including branching out from horror on occasion. His next film is Borderlands, an adaptation of the bestselling video game franchise.

So how does Giamatti fit into all of this? The report says the series will feature “elevated horror”, which makes sense because you just can’t show that level of gore on a regular basis. My bet is that Giamatti plays one of the elite, perhaps the guy who runs the organization that keeps these horrific games of murder afloat. Sounds like this will be more of a thriller series exploring the twisted folks who participate and run such an operation.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.