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[News Bites] Cannes Edition: Eli Roth Returns to Horror, ‘War of the Dead’ Acquired, ‘Last Exorcism’ Director Plays Game Of ’13’ & Another ‘Possession’ Tale

Screen Daily has blasted through the Canes market and delivered a series of small updates all contained in this edition of News Bites. It begins with the news that Worldview Entertainment will finance and produce The Green Inferno, Eli Roth‘s directorial follow-up to the Hostel franchise. Plot points on the horror-thriller remain under wraps and production is set to begin in autumn in Peru and Chile. Roth co-wrote the screenplay with Aftershock co-writer Guillermo Amoedo from an original story by Roth. Roth recently directed the pilot episode of Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove.”

The Little Film Company has licensed the sci-fi thriller War Of The Dead (review) to eOne in the US, Momentum in the UK and Alliance in Canada. Marko Makilaakso directed the story “set during the second world war as an elite troop of US and Finnish forces encounter a terrifying enemy deep in the frozen forests.

IM Global president of international sales Jonathan Deckter and the team expect a torrent of interest on a roster that includes Gold Circle’s supernatural thriller The Possession Of Michael King from first-time director David Jung. “Grieving the loss of his wife, documentary filmmaker Michael King sets out to disprove the existence of the supernatural, with horrific consequences…

IM is also selling 13, a remake of a Thai horror film, with The Last Exorcism director Daniel Stamm attached. It’s unclear what movie this actual is, but doing some research makes me believe it’s a remake of 13: Game of Death (pictured above), about a down-on-his luck salesman offered $100 million to play a “game show” featuring 13 secret challenges. The catch? The tests grow increasingly intense and morally questionable, but if he quits he loses everything. Chookiat Sakveerakul directed the 2006 original.

Lastly, Fox will distribute Spanish teen comedy Promocion Fantasma (Ghost Graduation) in North America and Latin America, reports Variety. Fox has committed to a U.S. theatrical release on the Spanish-language film. 20th Century Fox and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment recently revealed they are co-developing an English-language remake. Helmed by Javier Ruiz Caldera (Spanish Movie), “‘Graduation’ centers on a high-school teacher with paranormal abilities who tries to tutor a group of students through their graduation exams — despite the fact they died in a school fire 25 years earlier.



  • saft-und-kraft

    yea that thai movie 13 was messed up. it was pretty intense and would do well in a remake in the usa or europe. they just have to alter the title a tiny bit because of the other movie 13 that was already remade. I hope they keep the ending….

  • djblack1313

    i hope Eli’s movie will 1. be good (i like him as a director) and 2. actually come to fruition (he, like Del Toro, always seems to have 20,000 projects in the works that never come to fruition). and i’m looking forward to WAR OF THE DEAD!

  • bambi_lives8980

    I would believe that Eli Roth’s new project dubbed Green Inferno will be a sort of cannibal, third world survival horror flick, for several reasons. Firstly, Roth loves Cannibal Holocaust (not sure about Ferox, but these types of movies for sure). Secondly he’s wanted Ruggero Deodato to make a sequel to Holocaust for years, if I remember correctly, but it just hasn’t happened yet, god knows if it will. Thirdly and lastly, wasn’t The Green Inferno the name of the film-within-the-film in Cannibal Holocaust where everyone gets killed and eaten? Either way, I hope that this is the case, because I would be fuckin psyched for it. Eli Roth strikes me as kind of arrogant now that he’s achieved fame, but I can’t really blame him because his movies so far have been flippin’ sweet.

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