'Scary Movie 5' among genre pick-ups
BERLIN — Exhibiting a penchant for genre product, Constantin Film acquired German rights to Eli Roth’s upcoming cannibal pic “The Green Inferno” and Malcolm Lee’s “Scary Movie 5” at the Cannes Film Market.Apparently inspired by Italo mondo films like Ruggero Deodato’s notorious 1980 “Cannibal Holocaust” and Antonio Climati’s 1988 “Natura contro” (also known as “The Green Inferno” and “Cannibal Holocaust II”), “The Green Inferno” follows an idealistic student and a group of naive do-gooders who are captured by cannibalistic Indios after their plane crash lands in the Peruvian jungle. Exclusive Media is handling international sales for the pic. The Weinstein Co.’s “Scary Movie 5,” which comes more than six years after the last installment, spoofs recent thrillers such as “Black Swan,” “Paranormal Activity,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “127 Hours.” Constantin’s current and upcoming releases include “LOL,” starring Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore, “Step Up Revolution” and “Resident Evil: Retribution.” In addition, Berlin-based Pandastorm Pictures picked up Francis Ford Coppola’s mystery-thriller “Twixt” from Pathe Intl. as well as “The Echo” from QED Intl. “Twixt” follows a struggling horror writer, played by Val Kilmer, who arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. Pandastorm plans to release the film in Germany and Austria in the fourth quarter of 2012. For “The Echo,” the distrib nabbed territory rights for German-speaking Europe, the U.K. and Benelux. The pic, which stars Jesse Bradford, turns on an ex-convict living in his dead mother’s apartment who begins to suspect his neighbors had a sinister hand in his mother’s death and could come for him next.