Photo: Bidding War for Chilean Disaster Flick 'Aftershock', Starring Eli Roth, Directed by Nicolas Lopez
Deadline New York is reporting that studios have begun a bidding war for the distribution rights to a movie titled “Aftershock,” centered on the Chilean earthquake of 2010.
The story is said to revolve a group of insane asylum inmates who escape during the earthquake, and marks a young Chilean filmmaker’s introduction to the worldwide market.
Actor, producer, director, and writer Eli Roth (Inglourious Basterds) teamed up with Chilean director Nicolas Lopez to write the script for Aftershock.
This will be the 28-year-old Lopez’s first English-language film, but he recently told DIY:
I have been writing, producing and directing feature films since I was 17, and now that I’m 28 it’s time to cross over to the worldwide market, especially when you have someone like Eli Roth as your Godfather. I was a fan of Cabin Fever and Hostel, and I love that we’re mixing our sensibility. People will be shocked when they see this movie. It’s nothing that you could expect. I want this to be my Robocop.
With the buzz around this film, there is said to be multiple offers on the table from top distributors like The Weinstein Company and Relativity Media.
Singer and actress Selena Gomez is said to have already filmed a cameo in the film, which it currently shooting in Chile.
While Roth plays the lead in Aftershock, the cast includes Nicolas Martinez, Ariel Levy, Miguel Asensio, Andrea Osvart, Lorenza Izzo, and Natasha Yarovenko.
Lopez is one of the most promising directors coming out of what many have begun calling “Chilewood”.