×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Eat Me’ Snags Brazilian, Mexican Co-producers (EXCLUSIVE)

Cannibal thriller unveiled Wednesday at Ventana Sur’s Beyond the Window co-production meet

Top Brazilian production house Total Filmes and Mexico’s Velarium Arts have boarded “Eat Me,” one of 15 projects being pitched this week at Ventana Sur’s inaugural Blood Window genre market.

Velarium’s Jorge Michel Grau, best-known as the director of the original “We Are What We Are” and now the Killer Films-produced “Big Sky,” will serve as an executive producer on the English-language “Eat Me,” along with Velarium partner Mayra Espinosa Castro.

Grau previously served as a script consultant on the project.

An Argentine shingle is poised to co-produce “Eat Me.”

The Cannibal thriller’s U.S. producer Deborah Calla of Calla Productions penned the English-language script based on the original Spanish-language screenplay by Mexican helmer/scribe David Michan who will direct.

Budgeted close to $3 million, pic is slated to shoot in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro in the summer of next year. Thriller tracks a successful restaurant critic, who develops a taste for human flesh, precipitating his downward spiral into the netherworld of Buenos Aires.

“We’re looking to cast recognizable U.S. talent for the lead roles and local talent for the supporting roles,” said Calla, who plans to tap incentives from Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. The “Eat Me” screenplay was an official selection of the Fright Night Film Fest, Scream Craft Fest and the British Horror Film Fest this year.

“Eat Me” will be Michan’s second feature. His debut, 2012’s “Adverse Effects,” was an official selection at Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival, the International Film Festival in Edmonton, the San Francisco Latino Film Festival, the Transylvania International Film Fest, and the I’ve Seen Films fest in Milan, among 25 others. Pic won a bevy of best film and best actor plaudits.

“Eat Me” reps the sixth project joining Velarium Arts production slate – which also includes father-son psychological thriller “Keep Quiet” and open-sea-set thriller “Yamaha 300,” both with Grau attached to direct –  as Velarium morphs into one of Latin America’s most prominent genre hubs.

Espinosa Castro presented Velarium co-production “The Darkness,” directed by Daniel Castro (“TAU”) and another film exploring father-son relationship, on Thursday at Ventana Sur.

Los Angeles-based Calla Productions, founded by Deborah Calla, a dual citizen of Brazil and the U.S., is a content creator for film, TV and the web.  Her film producing credits include Alejandro Chomski’s “A Beautiful Life,” Sylvio Back’s “Lost Zweig” and Adam Amdur’s “Dream House.”

Calla is the chair of the Diversity Committee of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and the Media Access Awards, which she produces. She is a also a member of the Writers Guild of America West.

Based out of Rio, Walkiria Barbosa’s Total Filmes is one of Brazil’s most important film and TV production houses, best know for producing comedies which touch, however lightly, on social-issues such as the blockbusting “If I Were You” franchise.

More Film

  • Night Fury dragon Toothless and Hiccup

    Box Office: 'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Soaring to $50 Million-Plus Launch

    “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is soaring toward a $53 million launch weekend at 4,259 North American locations, early estimates showed on Friday. That estimate is well above Universal’s forecast in the $40 million range at 4,259 sites — and ahead of its predecessors, 2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” which made [...]

  • Actors With Disabilities Deserve a Hollywood

    Dreaming of a Hollywood Ending for Actors With Disabilities (Guest Column)

    Picture a world in which an actor with a disability wins an Academy Award. Sadly, that storyline remains no more than a Hollywood fantasy. In recent years, the #OscarsSoWhite trending hashtag campaign has shed light on the lack of diversity in the movie industry. Yet ahead of this year’s Oscars on Feb. 24, society’s definition [...]

  • Clark Gable III

    Clark Gable's Grandson, Who Hosted 'Cheaters,' Found Dead at 30

    Clark Gable’s grandson, Clark Gable III, died on Friday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Variety confirmed with the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office. He was 30. “It’s is with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to my beautiful son Clark,” his mother wrote on Instagram. “He passed this morning. I will always [...]

  • You Were Never Really Here If

    Film Independent's Spirit Awards Fly the Flag for Indie Film

    As the 2018 awards season marches slowly into its final days, only a handful of honors remain undistributed after some of the most volatile and contentious campaigns in years. Front-runners have come and gone in one major category after the next, as each guild and critics group announced different winners than its predecessors, demolishing expectations [...]

  • A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski Returning to Direct 'A Quiet Place' Sequel

    John Krasinski is returning to direct the untitled sequel to Paramount’s horror hit “A Quiet Place.” Krasinski revealed the news Friday via an Instagram post that said “…time to go back. #PartII 5-15-20”; the post showed the red lights that became synonymous with the alien threats in the first movie. “A Quiet Place” starred Krasinski, Emily [...]

  • Red Carpet Guide to the Bowtie

    Five Tips to a Perfect Bow Tie on Oscar Night

    Warren Alfie Baker is always on the hunt for just the right bow tie. He’s a Hollywood stylist who helps keep such clients as Lucas Hedges, Norman Reedus and Harry Shum Jr. looking sharp. “It seems like the easiest thing to sort out, but so many mistakes can be made,” Baker tells Variety. And the [...]

  • Francois Ozon's 'The Grace Of God'

    Francois Ozon's 'By The Grace Of God' Delivers Strong B.O. Opening in France

    Rolling off its triumph at the Berlin Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear, François Ozon’s Catholic church sexual abuse drama By “The Grace Of God” had a strong theatrical bow in France where it sold nearly 50,000 tickets on 290 screens on Feb. 20, its first day out One of the best opening [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content