Toronto: Eli Roth Sets Sequel 'Beyond the Green Inferno' (Exclusive)
TORONTO -- Eli Roth and Worldview Entertainment are already plotting a sequel to cannibal horror-thriller The Green Inferno. However, Roth has decided not to sit in the director's chair this time. Instead, he has tapped Nicolas Lopez (Aftershock) for the job.
News of the follow-up came just as Roth's The Green Inferno made its worldwide premiere Sept. 7 in the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto Film Festival. The high-profile pic, set deep in the heart of the Amazon, follows a group of student activists who travel to visit a dying tribe. When their plane crashes, they are taken hostage by the very natives they came to observe.
Christopher Woodrow's Worldview Entertainment teamed with Roth to finance and produce The Green Inferno and will also produce and finance Beyond the Green Inferno. CAA arranged financing for both movies and is representing domestic rights.
Beyond the Green Inferno's plot is being kept under tight wraps. Roth will present and produce the sequel, based on a script he wrote with Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo. Lopez -- who worked on the script for The Green Inferno -- and Miguel Asensio Llamas of Sobras International Pictures are also producing.
“After writing and scouting all over Peru, we realized that The Green Inferno had an expansive universe and that we would love to visit it again and go deeper into the jungle. Our plan with Beyond the Green Inferno is to make a sequel in the tradition of Aliens, where the creative team went bigger, darker and scarier into the unknown. Eli has been an amazing creative collaborator and has set the groundwork for an entire universe of stories we're both incredibly excited to tell,” said Lopez.
Lopez and Roth also collaborated on Aftershock, with Lopez directing from a script he co-wrote with Roth.
Roth agreed with Lopez that filming The Green Inferno was a life-changing experience.
"We quickly learned there's an entire world of stories, legends, myths and monsters in that jungle. It's endless. Living in isolation, we saw firsthand just how far and deep we could take the world of The Green Inferno. I'm thrilled to hand the directing reins to Nicolas Lopez, who has been a key part of my creative team from the beginning of this project and I know will make an incredible film," Roth said.
"We don't want to give away any plot secrets, only that we want to take the story to an even darker and scarier place on all levels. Shooting begins when the rainy season ends and it's safe enough for us to return with another 'adventurous' filmmaking team. We're thrilled to produce the film with Worldview Entertainment, who has been an incredible, supportive partner right from the start,” the filmmaker continued.
Woodrow and Worldview COO Molly Conners are producers, with Worldview's Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson executive producing.
“We had a fantastic experience working with Eli and the Sobras team, and we are looking forward to the next installment of this franchise coming off its world premiere here in Toronto,” said Conners.
Worldview now has six films premiering at Toronto, including Devil's Knot, Joe and The Sacrament.