Eli Roth & Nicolas Lopez Talk AFTERSHOCK, CLOWN, THE GREEN INFERNO & MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS; Roth Calls FISTS a ‘Hip Hop Kung-Fu AVENGERS’

     September 14, 2012

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Premiering at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was the natural disaster thriller, Aftershock.  Co-written by star Eli Roth and director Nicolas LopezAftershock centers on a group of young partygoers in Chile who find themselves surrounded by death and destruction when a violent earthquake brings the town down around them.  You can watch some footage here.  Also, Dimension just picked up the rights to Aftershock, so you can expect to see the film for yourself sometime next year.

Before the world premiere, I sat down with Roth and Lopez for an extended interview.  They talked about premiering at TIFF, how they ended up working together, the genesis of Aftershock and how the original idea was to make a sci-fi movie, being distributed by Dimension, and a lot more.  In addition, with Roth and Lopez involved in a number of other projects, I got updates on Clown, The Green Inferno, and RZA’s The Man With the Iron Fists which Roth called a “hip hop kung fu Avengers” and who did the soundtrack.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

aftershock-movie-imageEli Roth & Nicolas Lopez Time Index:

  • Talk about the TIFF experience.  Roth recalls the Midnight Madness premiere of Cabin Fever in 2002, then explains hos big a deal Lopez is in Chile.
  • 2:00 – Lopez says the movie is a mix between his romantic comedies and the Eli Roth horror sensibilities
  • 2:30 – Roth and Lopez connected at the Los Angeles Film Festival, when Roth thought Lopez’s intro to Promedio Rojo was funny.
  • 3:50 – The original idea was to make a sci-fi movie.  As the story evolved, they went to an earthquake instead of a CGI monster.  Roth and Lopez tell stories about their horrifying experiences with the earthquake.
  • 8:20 – Aftershock has a distribution deal with Dimension, but they don’t know when it will be released.  They started shooting in January, and just finished the festival cut.
  • 9:30 – Roth praises script for Clown.
  • 10:50 – Roth and Lopez are shooting The Green Inferno with the same crew in Peru and Chile.  The shoot will be fast and cheap.
  • 13:00 – They will shoot Green Inferno with the Canon 5D Mark II, and Roth says it “looks like expensive 35mm” if you light it right.
  • 15:00 – Roth talks about making The Man With the Iron Fists with RZA.  Roth pitches the movie as a “hip hop kung fu Avengers.”

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