Unlike the rest of his companions at the South Pole, Jasper the penguin believes there is a greater world beyond the edge of the ice. He is proved right when he finds himself aboard an ocean liner in the company of the rarest of birds, the Kakapo, whose main trait is that when frightened she wells up like a balloon. Along with Emma, the captain’s daughter, Jasper becomes embroiled in a rescue mission to save the Kakapo’s eggs from the menacing Dr Block and his sidekick Rolf.

Eli Roth, notorious for his horror and violent flicks (Cabin Fever, Hostel), wants to make a family blockbuster.

The horror director told reporters backstage at the NME awards that he’s two weeks away from finishing a script inspired by the recent success of ‘Cloverfield’ and ‘Transformers’.

Speaking about his upcoming project, Ross said, “I feel like I pushed the violence in R movies about as far as I can push it. I feel like I’m bled out. I wanna switch it up. Everyone I know has been saying ‘When are you gonna do a movie my kids can see?’ And finally, I’m gonna make a movie that 13-year-old kids can see.”

The director declined to give away any plot details but said a “big announcement” will be made next month.

DISCUSS: In a 2004 interview, Quentin Tarantino called Roth the “the future of horror”, but what do you make of his decision to go PG 13?