Monday, May 20, 2024

Cannibal Film “Green Inferno” Pulled at Last Minute from Release Schedule


Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno” has suddenly been pulled from the release schedule by Open Road Films. The controversial horror film was due in early September. Early reviews cited its cannibal theme and “gory violence.” Roth is the very amiable director actor who appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds.” He directs B movies, horror films, and so on.

“Green Inferno” was already getting poor reviews. But the cannibal theme may have been too much, especially since warm hearted cooking films are all the rage now. Jason Cassidy is over there, just promoted to head of marketing. He’s very smart, a Miramax grad. He may have just told everyone what was eating him, so to speak.

“Green Inferno” was financed by Worldview Entertainment, which has lately been in financial turmoil. Their CEO Christopher Woodrow was forced to step down recently under a cloud. Sources tell me the company is a mess. and that all their deals should be scrutinized. “They just don’t have the money to pay for the release,” a source tells me, even though the company is run by respected CEO Molly Connors.

One problem with Worldview is that they’re struggling to find a hit. After a few clunkers they may be on the brink with “Birdman” starring Michael Keaton. So hold on.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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