Watch: First Trailer for Eli Roth's 'The House with a Clock in Its Walls'

Two things I never thought I'd write in the same sentence: Eli Roth and family-friendly film. The horror director is taking a huge detour is his normal genre offerings with a magical family-friendly journey film adaptation of John Bellairs's 1973 book The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

Watch: First Trailer for Eli Roth's 'The House with a Clock in Its Walls'
A neighbor witch (far left, Cate Blanchett) comes to the aid of a boy (Owen Vaccaro) and his uncle (Jack Black) in director Eli Roth's The House with a Clock in Its Walls. (Photo: Quantrell D. Colbert)

The film has some pretty big names attached, like Jack BlackKyle MacLachlan, and Oscar winner Cate Blanchett. Young actor Owen Vaccaro (Daddy's Home)is playing main character Lewis Barnavelt, and the first trailer was released this morning.

Supernatural creator Eric Kripke penned the script, and Roth is directing the picture for Amblin Entertainment, Steven Spielberg's studio banner.  Amblin is posed to have a pretty big year in 2018 with Ready Player One opening at the tail end of this week (also based on a bestselling book) and House with a Clock later this year.

The original children's book had some fabulous illustrations by none other than Edward Gorey, and the Historic Cronin House in Bellairs' hometown of Marshall, MI was the inspiration for the story's setting in New Zebedee.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls is set to open on September 21st.

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About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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