With the release date not even set for The Green Inferno, Eli Roth, in an unsurprising and audacious move, has already set in motion plans for its sequel: Beyond the Green Inferno.
Roth’s latest is already receiving early buzz from its premiere at TIFF, with some calling it the director’s “bloodiest movie yet,” which is pretty impressive considering this is the same man that directed both Cabin Fever and Hostel.
If you’re unfamiliar with The Green Inferno, it follows a group of students who travel to South America in hopes of protecting an endangered and dying tribe. On the way, their planes suffers a malfunction and crashes into the heart of the tribe’s territory. In an ironic twist of fate, the same people that they were trying to protect begin hunting them down one-by-one and the whole thing turns into a Cannibal Holocaust-type scenario.
Roth announced the sequel last night at the Midnight Madness portion of TIFF. He also told audiences that he will only be acting as producer on the sequel and directing will be Nicolas Lopez, who recently directed Aftershock and also co-wrote Green Inferno with Roth.
“After writing and scouting all over Peru, we realized that The Green Inferno had an expansive universe and that we would love to visit it again and go deeper into the jungle. Our plan with Beyond the Green Inferno is to make a sequel in the tradition of Aliens, where the creative team went bigger, darker and scarier into the unknown. Eli has been an amazing creative collaborator and has set the groundwork for an entire universe of stories we’re both incredibly excited to tell,” said Lopez.
“We quickly learned there’s an entire world of stories, legends, myths and monsters in that jungle. It’s endless. Living in isolation, we saw firsthand just how far and deep we could take the world of The Green Inferno. I’m thrilled to hand the directing reins to Nicolas Lopez, who has been a key part of my creative team from the beginning of this project and I know will make an incredible film,” Roth said.
“We don’t want to give away any plot secrets, only that we want to take the story to an even darker and scarier place on all levels. Shooting begins when the rainy season ends and it’s safe enough for us to return with another ‘adventurous’ filmmaking team. We’re thrilled to produce the film with Worldview Entertainment, who has been an incredible, supportive partner right from the start,” the filmmaker continued.
Stay tuned as we’ll have our full review on The Green Inferno for you straight from TIFF in a few days. Until then, tell us, are you excited by the announcement of a sequel?