Bad news for Eli Roth fans. Roth’s first directorial effort in six years, The Green Inferno, had been scheduled to hit theaters early next month on September 5th, but now Open Road Films has scratched that plan and looks to be dropping the film, putting the Green Inferno release date up in the air for the moment. Per Deadline, the reason for the delay has to do with financier Worldview Entertainment, which is not keen on maintaining the P&A (aka “print and advertising”) commitment that was set by ex-CEO Christopher Woodrow. With the company refusing to pony up the cash needed for the marketing campaign, Open Road has opted to scratch plans to release the film. More after the jump.
It’s unclear when and how The Green Inferno might reach viewers now, as it’s possible that the pic could simply go straight to VOD or be released through some other less-costly route, but Deadline notes that behind-the-scenes talks are ongoing in order to find a solution. Another distributor will likely swoop in and snap the film up at some point, but its fitting fall-centric release date will likely come and go.
Roth co-wrote, produced, and directed The Green Inferno, which revolves around a group of American students who are taken hostage by cannibals in the Amazon. Though the pic’s release strategy is in limbo, Roth is already busy shooting his next directorial effort, the Keanu Reeves-fronted thriller Knock Knock.
Watch the trailer for The Green Inferno below:
Directed, co-written, and produced by Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel franchise), THE GREEN INFERNO follows a group of student activists who travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a tribe from extinction. In an unfortunate twist of fate, when the group arrives, they are taken hostage by the very cannibals they sought to protect.