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TORONTO — Open Road is taking a bite out of Eli Roth‘s The Green Inferno. The distributor nabbed U.S. rights to the gory cannibal movie, which is expected to get a wide release.
The film, produced and financed by Worldview Entertainment, is an homage to the notorious Italian cannibal movies of the late ’70s and early ’80s. It premiered worldwide on Sept. 7 in the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto Film Festival. Roth directed for the first time since 2007’s Hostel: Part II.
Set deep in the heart of the Amazon, The Green Inferno 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. Roth co-wrote the screenplay with Guillermo Amoedo.
The title is being produced by Roth, Miguel Asensio, Nicolas Lopez, Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners.
Roth and Worldview Entertainment are now planning a Green Inferno sequel, though Roth has decided not to direct. Instead, Nicolas Lopez (Aftershock) will tackle the follow-up.
The Green Inferno was one of six Worldview films premiering at Toronto, including Devil’s Knot and Joe, which were both in play Wednesday as the festival begins to wind down.
CAA repped the film domestically. Exclusive Media is handling international sales.
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Jamie Lee Curtis