It’s been seven years since we last saw a full length film from director Eli Roth. Sure, he’s been busy in that time, directing short films like Thanksgiving (a fake trailer in 2007’s Grindhouse) and Nation’s Pride (the film within a film in Inglourious Basterds, in which he also starred as “The Bear Jew”) and working on his Netflix horror series “Hemlock Grove.” He’s produced a handful of projects over the past few years too, but fans were really looking forward to seeing his next directorial effort, a cannibal film called The Green Inferno that was set to be released next month.
Sadly, Deadline reports that the film has been put on an indefinite hold – but not because anything is wrong with the movie. The reason for this is purely bureaucratic: back when the original deal was signed, Christopher Woodrow – the CEO of financier Worldview Entertainment – allotted a certain amount of money for this project that would go towards advertising when the original deal was signed. But since then, Woodrow has left the company and since the new regime is a bit more fiscally conscious than their old boss, they’re taking a hard look at every deal he made and trying to figure out how to move forward. Word is they won’t leave Roth completely hanging here, but there obviously isn’t any plan in place just yet for when we might eventually get to see the film, so it remains to be seen what their plans are to make that happen.
It sucks when a filmmaker gets caught up in behind the scenes transactions like this, but it serves as a reminder that making movies is a business, not just an art. It’s not uncommon for films to be shelved, only to see wide release years later (look at All The Boys Love Mandy Lane and The Cabin in The Woods as two recent horror examples), but the timing hurts on this one because Roth was excited to get his movie out into the world and show people something he directed after a seven year absence. Horror fans will certainly be hoping all this nonsense gets straightened out soon, but until then, you can check out our review of The Green Inferno from the 2013 AFI Fest.
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