Jack Black returns to the “based on a popular book with weird creatures” subgenre with a starring role in The House with a Clock in Its Walls. Universal Pictures just released a new full trailer and colorful movie poster for the fantasy adventure film set in an old house with…you guessed it…a clock in its walls.
Eli Roth takes his first crack at a family-friendly film, directing from a script by Eric Kripke (creator of Supernatural). Director Roth is best known for R-rated horror fare including Cabin Fever, Hostel, The Green Inferno, and Knock Knock.
Kripke adapted John Bellairs’ bestselling children’s classic with William Sherak, Tracey Nyberg, Laeta Kalogridis, and Mark McNair executive producing. Kripke and Mythology Entertainment’s Brad Fischer (Shutter Island) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) served as producers.
In addition to Jack Black (Goosebumps, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), the cast includes Cate Blanchett (Thor: Ragnarok), Owen Vaccaro (Daddy’s Home 2), Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks), Colleen Camp (The Truth About Lies), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Altered Carbon), Vanessa Anne Williams (Feed the Beast), Lorenza Izzo, and Sunny Suljic (The Killing of a Sacred Deer).
Universal Pictures is targeting a September 21, 2018 theatrical release of The House with a Clock in Its Walls.
The Plot: In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls from Amblin Entertainment. The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.