‘Hostel’ Is Coming to TV: Everything We Know So Far

‘Hostel’ Is Coming to TV: Everything We Know So Far

The Hostel movie franchise is finally transitioning to television, over ten years after the last blood was shed.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eli Roth, Chris Biggs, and Mike Fleiss are heading back to the country of mask-wearing torturers for a second chance, but this time Paul Giamatti will be joining them on the small screen.

This is a summary of all the information we currently have regarding the Hostel show.


The three bachelors unintentionally fall victim to a dangerous game as they venture out to explore alluring tales of a Slovakian guesthouse in a city full of seductive women.

What will be the topic of the Hostel TV series?

THR reports that the project is being marketed as a “reinvention” of the series, an “elevated thriller,” and a “modern adaptation” of the story.

For those who do not know, Hostel’s three films revolve around a group of tourists who are abducted, bought, and tormented by affluent Europeans who gladly pay to attack them brutally in pitch-black cave spaces. Two sequels, released in 2007 and 2011, came out shortly after the first movie’s 2005 theatrical release. While Weiss authored the script and Scott Spiegel directed Hostel and Hostel: Part II, Roth wrote and directed Hostel and Hostel: Part III.
According to THR, Briggs and Roth will co-write the script and serve as the show’s director.

Who will be the TV show Hostel’s star? 
Paul Giamatti has been chosen to play a character that is not yet known. It may have happened by coincidence that Giamatti got to know Roth during the first Hostel production in Prague, where the actor was on site for The Illusionist.

In 2013, Giamatti told EW, “We talked about me actually killing somebody in that movie, but it never panned out.” He will undoubtedly play a major role in the TV series, even if it is unclear if he will play one of the murderers or the victims in this new version. After that, Giamatti said he would like to add “more horror” to his already formidable résumé.

Where can I watch TV series Hostel? 

According to THR’s reporting, the project is not yet associated with any broadcast, cable, or streaming network; nevertheless, Fifth Season, the production firm, has produced shows for a few streaming services, including Apple TV+, Hulu, Max, and Peacock.

Regarding the TV series Hostel, what else should I know?
There have been previous reports of new hostel productions. There were multiple rumors in 2020 that the movie series was getting a makeover, and in 2023, Roth expressed his desire to rejoin the project.

There’s a lot more to do, hostel. I hope to return to the hostel in the future. And not to mention Cabin Fever. I am a part of them. They resemble my kids. I think I have neglected them for far too long. And I wish I could somehow return to them. “I have concepts,” he said to CinePOP. “I would serve as its director. It should not be in the hands of anyone else. A month ago, journalist Daniel Richtman said that there were whispers about Giamatti joining a hostel show. This was the first indication of a possible hostel show.

‘Hostel’ TV Series Starring Paul Giamatti in the Works (Exclusive)

Eli Roth, Chris Briggs, and Mike Fleiss will return to the franchise with an “elevated thriller.”

Eli Roth, Chris Briggs, and Mike Fleiss from the Hostel TV series have signed on to work with Paul Giamatti on a new project. Fifth Season, the production company behind Severance on Apple TV+, is producing the project.

According to descriptions, the Hostel show is a “modern adaptation,” a “elevated thriller,” and a “reinvention” of the horror franchise that debuted in 2006 and generated two sequels. It is still in development and does not yet have a platform connected.

Three backpackers who had no idea what the hell was in store for them were traveling to a city in Slovakia that promised to satisfy their hedonistic desires constituted the central plot of the first film.

Giamatti will play a prominent part; the character’s specifics are unknown. Since the two met during the first Hostel movie’s development, the Oscar-nominated star of The Holdovers is now a part of Roth’s world thanks to the casting. “I met Eli while I was filming The Illusionist in Prague and he was filming Hostel.” In a 2013 interview, Giamatti told EW, “We talked about me actually killing somebody in that movie, but it never panned out.”

The first two Hostel movies were written and directed by Roth, with executive producers Briggs, Fleiss, and Roth. The first sequel brought in an additional $36 million to the $82 million global box office total of the original film. Direct DVD release was made for the third film.

Giamatti just wrapped off the critically acclaimed film The Holdovers, for which he won numerous accolades including a Golden Globe.

If the Hostel series goes on, it will be Giamatti’s first TV venture after seven seasons of Billions on Showtime. In addition, he has been on television in Too Big to Fail on HBO and in John Adams on the premium cable network, for which he won an Emmy. UTA, Kipperman Management, and Sloane Offer represent him.

For his part, Roth credits include the horror film Knock, having made his directing debut with Cabin Fever in 2002. Along with producing the Discovery/Travel Channel series Eli Roth Presents, which included The Legion of Exorcists, A Ghost Ruined My Life, and My Possessed Pet, he has also presented Shark After Dark on Discovery. He most recently wrote, produced, and directed the horror movie Thanksgiving, which made $31.9 million at the American box office. Now, he is working on the sequel. Coming this summer is Borderlands, his next project. Goodman Genow and WME are his representatives.

Eli Roth


Birth Name: Ely Raphael Roth

Birth Date: April 18, 1972

Age: 52 years old

Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts

After his first thriller, “Cabin Fever” (2002), a low-budget film that took years to make but thrust him into the spotlight, Eli Roth gained both industry recognition and fanboy adulation. He went on to become one of the most profitable directors working in the horror genre. After that, Roth released “Hostel” (2006), an incredibly graphic movie that became an unexpected box office blockbuster and gave him the unfortunate distinction of being the first person to create the so-called horror subgenre known as “torture porn.” After quickly becoming friends with people like Quentin Tarantino, Roth gained recognition in the film industry for his work producing the fictitious trailer for the Tarantino-Robert Rodriguez double picture “Grindhouse” (2007).

Roth stepped out from the director’s chair and in front of the cameras for a significant supporting role in Tarantino’s critically acclaimed “Inglorious Basterds” (2009) and a cameo in “Piranha 3-D” (2010) after directing the less successful sequel, “Hostel II” (2007). While directing “The Green Inferno” (2013), erotic thriller “Knock” (2015), remake of the drive-in classic “Death Wish” (2018), and family fantasy “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” (2018), Roth also enjoyed working behind the scenes as a producer on “The Last Exorcism” (2010) and co-writer on “The Man with the Iron Fists” (2012), demonstrating the breadth of his creative diversity.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 18, 1972, Roth was reared as the third of three kids by his mother, Cora, a painter who had exhibited at the OK Harris Gallery in New York City, and father, Sheldon, a psychiatrist, and Harvard University professor. When he was barely eight years old, filmmaker Ridley Scott’s seminal science fiction/horror film “Alien” (1979) served as inspiration for Roth, who started making his own Super-8 films. Roth attended Newton South High School in 1990 before enrolling in New York University’s film program, where he earned a summa cum laude degree in 1994. He was the manager of producer Frederick Zollo’s NYU office.

His thesis film, “Restaurant Dogs” (1995), a parody of Quentin Tarantino’s heist thriller “Reservoir Dogs” (1992), earned him the Student Academy Award shortly after he graduated. Along with friend and frequent colleague Randy Pearlstein, Roth co-wrote the screenplay for what would later become “Cabin Fever” when he was 23 years old. To support his writing in between jobs, Roth worked as a stand-in and production assistant on several high-profile films, such as Brad Pitt’s romance-drama “Meet Joe Black” (1998) and Howard Stern’s “Private Parts” (1997). His duties included turning on and off the air conditioner during takes.

In the late 1990s, Roth moved from New York to Los Angeles after attempting in vain for two years to raise funds for “Cabin Fever.” After only a few months there, he managed to sell his own cartoon series, “Chowdaheads,” albeit it was never broadcast. Meanwhile, through his relationship with one of the stars of the long-running legal drama “The Practice” (ABC, 1997-2004), Camryn Manheim, whom he had become friendly with while working for Zollo back in New York, he was able to secure a position as an extra on the show. Roth sat composing screenplays in her dressing room while Manheim was on scene.


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