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Cannes 2012: Eli Roth Will Direct Horror-Thriller 'The Green Inferno'

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New York-based Worldview is partnering with Roth on the pic; Exclusive Media will shop the project to foreign buyers in Cannes.

CANNES -- Emerging as a major player on the Croisette this year, Worldview Entertainment is teaming with Eli Roth to produce and finance the filmmaker's The Green Inferno.

Exclusive Media is representing foreign rights, and will launch the horror-thriller to foreign buyers at the Marche du Film in Cannes this week. CAA is selling the project domestically.

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Inferno marks the first feature Roth will direct since Hostel: Part II in 2007. Roth wrote the script with Guillermo Amoedo based on Roth's original story, but the logline is being kept under tight wraps.

Roth is set to begin shooting in the fall in Peru and Chili, where he recently starred in and produced the earthquake thriller Aftershock, which is currently in post production. He and Amoedo also wrote the script for that film.

"I've had an amazing few years producing, writing and acting, and am very excited to get back in the director's chair. I've been working on this idea for several years, and was inspired by filming in Chili and cannot wait to get back," Roth said. "Worldview backs my vision and believe in me, and is giving me the support I need and the freedom to take risks and make something daring and terrifying."

Worldview, based in New York, has built up an impressive slate of films and has just come aboard to finance and produce West Memphis Three biopic Devil's Knot, directed by Atom Egoyan and starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon. The Weinstein Co. is launching the project at the Cannes market.

"Eli has an excellent track record of writing and directing high quality, commerically successful films of this genre," Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow said.

Roth's Hostel franchise grossed more than $300 million worldwide. He'll produce Inferno with Worldview's Woodrow and Molly Connersa dn Sobras International's Miguel Asensio Llamas and Nicolas Lopez.

Roth is currently filming his new series Hemlock Grove for Netflix, and will be opening Eli Roth's Goretorium, a high-tech haunted experience in Las Vegas, in September.