Chilean cinema

Bidding war sparked as filming starts on Chilean movie

“Aftershock” - set in the aftermath of Chile’s 2010 earthquake - has been co-written by Chilean director Nicolás López and famed U.S. actor, producer and director Eli Roth.     

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Category: Daily life - Film
Actor, producer and director Eli Roth. Actor, producer and director Eli Roth.

Filming has only just begun on Aftershock, but distribution companies are already squabbling over the rights for what promises to be one of the most high profile Chilean films of all time - with a report by U.S. entertainment magazine, Deadline.com, claiming the Weinstein Company and Relativity Media are among the interested parties.


The film is a collaboration between Chilean director Nicolás López and U.S. actor Eli Roth, best known for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds as well his films Cabin Fever and Hostel.


“I’ve been a huge fan of Nicolás López since his remarkable debut, Promedio Rojo, and have watched him grow into one of the best young filmmakers out there,” Roth told Deadline.com.


After establishing himself on the Chilean film scene with his debut at the age of 21, López has gone on to be a stalwart of the off-beat comedy genre - his last two films Que Pena tu Vida and Que Pena tu Boda were the highest grossing Chilean films of 2010 and 2011.


With his latest film, López hopes to break out of the domestic market and convert local success into international stardom.


“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,” he said, “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.”


The film, which is loosely based on Lopez’s experience after 2010’s catastrophic earthquake, will cast Roth as leading man, and is said to be about a break-out from an insane asylum.


The pair hopes that the film will mark the beginning of more collaboration between Chile’s emerging film industry and Hollywood.


“This collaboration marks the beginning of what we call Chilewood, making genre films for the global market using all the resources Chile has to offer,” said Roth. “We are making a smart, elevated, disaster-genre movie with superb production value, something really big. The film’s going to be very scary, very intense, and very real.”

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