After Eli Roth brought us Cabin Fever in 2002 and then the first Hostel film in 2005, everyone just assumed that he was going to be one of the big horror directors going forward for the next decade. But then he just made a Hostel sequel in 2007 and kind of…stopped. In recent years he’s been spending most of his time producing and taking various acting jobs, with little indication when or if he would ever return to directing.
But today that has changed. A press release from Exclusive Media and Worldview Entertainment has announced that the two companies have teamed with Roth to bring us his next foray into the horror genre, The Green Inferno. Little is known about the project at this point, but quotes from both Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow and Exclusive Media executive Alex Walton specifically tout Roth’s past financial success, so one can assume that the director won’t be straying too far from the slasher film formula that brought him big box office dollars with Cabin Fever and Hostel.
For his part, Roth says of his decision to tackle the new project, “I’ve had an amazing few years producing, writing and acting, and am very excited to get back in the director’s chair. I’ve been working on this idea for several years, and was inspired by filming in Chile and cannot wait to get back.”
Though no details of the film’s plot have been released, its title and Roth’s comments about getting inspiration from the rich Chilean landscape can’t help but make one wonder if this new film will be taking any inspiration from genre classic Cannibal Holocaust. Roth giving us his own take on that beloved material could be exciting news for some horror fans, and infuriating news for others. [via THR]