Eli Roth casts Sabara, Blanton in ‘Inferno’

Director reteams with 'Aftershock' co-stars Izzo, Levy

Daryl Sabara (“John Carter”), Kirby Bliss Blanton (“Project X”) and “Aftershock” thesps Lorenza Izzo and Ariel Levy are in negotiations to star in Eli Roth’s horror-thriller “The Green Inferno” along with Aaron Burns, Magda Apanowicz and singer-actress Sky Ferreria.

Worldview Entertainment (“Devil’s Knot”) is financing and producing the Peru-set pic, which “Hostel” helmer Roth is directing from a script he co-wrote with Guillermo Amoedo (“Aftershock”).

Story follows a naive group of student activists from New York City who travel to the remote jungles of Peru, where they plan to stage a protest, but instead encounter a tribe of cannibals. Pic will serve as an homage to one of Roth’s favorite horror films, Ruggero Deodato’s 1980 cult pic “Cannibal Holocaust.”

Exclusive Media and its exec Alex Walton will handle international sales for “Green Inferno,” which will be shopped to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market. CAA, which arranged financing for the film, is handling domestic rights.

Roth is producing with Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners, as well as Miguel Asensio Llamas and Nicolás Lopez of Sobras International. Worldview’s Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson Redlich and Hoyt David Morgan will exec produce the pic, which starts production Nov. 5 in Peru before moving to Santiago, Chile.

“Green Inferno” marks Roth’s first directorial effort since 2007’s “Hostel: Part II,” though the horror helmer has been plenty busy over the last five years. He co-wrote, produced and starred in Lopez’s “Aftershock,” which Dimension acquired prior to its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. He co-wrote and produced the RZA’s directorial debut “The Man With the Iron Fists,” which Universal opens Nov. 2. He produced “The Last Exorcism” with Strike Entertainment and together they’re producing a sequel for StudioCanal. And he has also been filming his new Netflix series “Hemlock Grove.”

“Green Inferno” will be Roth’s second collaboration with Worldview, which is teaming with him to produce Ti West’s horror-thriller “The Sacrament,” which is currently in pre-production in Savannah, Georgia.

Worldview recently wrapped the West Memphis Three pic “Devil’s Knot,” Guillaume Canet’s crime thriller “Blood Ties,” Eran Creevy’s James McAvoy starrer “Welcome to the Punch” and James Gray’s untitled period drama starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. Company is currently prepping David Gordon Green’s gritty southern drama “Joe,” which will star Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan.

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