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The bidding battle is on for Aftershock a new film co written by Eli Roth who will also star

02.06.2012by: Marcey Papandrea

Looks like a project that Eli Roth is attached to has become hot property as a bidding war is underway for AFTERSHOCK!

The film has received multiple offers, with the deal making itself for it looking to happen in Berlin. Among interested parties are Relativity Media and the Weinstein Company.

AFTERSHOCK was co-written by Eli Roth, Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo. It will be the English language debut for Nicolas Lopez, whose previous films QUE PENA TU VIDA and QUE PENA TU BODA became the highest grossing Chiliean films for 2010 and 2011, which is quite impressive.

The idea for the film came about after Lopez experienced the devastating earthquake in Chile back in 2010. So far the film is well into production, in where else but Chile, with Eli Roth making his leading man debut! Yes, you read that correctly! Let’s hope he can pull this one off huh? The film will also star Ariel Levy, Nicolas Martinez, Lorena Izzo, Natasha Yarovenko (below), Andrea Osvart and Miguel Asensio, with a cameo from Selena Gomez.

Roth commented with: “I’ve been a huge fan of Nicolas Lopez since his remarkable debut Promedio Rojo and have watched him grow into one of the best young filmmakers out there. He has the incredible combination of commercial sensibility with an artistic eye, and what he has done here in Chile with their film industry is revolutionary. 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. 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.”

Lopez also commented about the project: “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, 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.”

Both men certainly seem very enthusiastic about the project and hopes seem high. With the bidding war on, you can be sure we’ll be hearing about this sooner rather than later!

Extra Tidbit: I actually think Roth has it in him to pull off 'serious actor' for this film. Aside from a few 'off' moments, I honestly didn't mind his work in DEATH PROOF and INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.
Source: Deadline

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