Looks like we're going to be getting a double dose of Eli Roth thanks to the Weinstein brothers. Deadline.com reports that the Weinstein's genre outfit, Dimension Films, is on the verge of acquiring two Eli-produced thrillers, one of which hasn't even been made yet. The other is about to begin its festival run.
AFTERSHOCK, the earthquakes-and-escaped convicts yarn directed by Nicolas Lopez and starring Roth (who also co-wrote the script), will screen at the Toronto Film Festival's "Midnight Madness" program next week. The other project is CLOWN, which began life as a fan-made trailer that caught Roth's eye when it mockingly used his name. Jon Watts will direct Christopher D. Ford's script. Both films have been on Roth's plate since 2010.
Here's what AFTERSHOCK is about: Chile has it all: gorgeous landscapes, smokin’- hot women, cool dudes, great wine, and the wildest parties. For a hapless American tourist, nicknamed Gringo (Eli Roth) by his two Chilean pals Ariel (Ariel Levy) and Pollo (Nicolás Martínez), the trip has been heaven on earth — except that he just can’t hook up with the ladies. Gringo’s luck seems to change when the group meets a trio of babes — Russian model Irina (Natasha Yarovenko), non-stop party girl Kylie (Lorenza Izzo) and her serious sister Monica (Andrea Osvárt) — who agree to accompany them on a trip to the coastal town of Valparaíso. The new friends are having the best of times whooping it up in a dance club, until a violent earthquake brings the entire city down around them. With this one-time paradise now a landscape of death and destruction that’s seething with terror and panic, our unlucky heroes must run for their lives from looters, escaped convicts, and the inevitable aftershocks.
Meanwhile, CLOWN deals with a loving dad who slaps on a clown costume to fill in for a no-show at his kid’s birthday. He can’t take the clown white get up off when the party ends, and discovers the ensemble is cursed and he’s headed toward becoming the embodiment of evil.
Check out the faux-trailer for CLOWN below.