It looks like Eli Roth’s cannibal themed film has hit a bit of trouble. “The Green Inferno” was expected to come out next month on September 5th, but some recent developments with one of the film’s financiers has disrupted those plans.
Deadline is reporting that Eli Roth’s “Green Inferno” has been removed from Open Road’s release calendar. Worldview Entertainment, a studio helping with the financing, is currently undergoing some restructuring which is causing them to re-examine some of the commitments made by ex-CEO Christopher Woodrow. They’ve essentially put a freeze on all of the deals he made. According to Deadline, it would seem that Woodrow had agreed to finance the P&A (prints and advertising) for “Green Inferno.” A decision that, for one reason or another, didn’t sit well with other members of Worldview.
It would appear that since Worldview won’t be helping to finance the film’s advertising, Open Road was forced to drop the release date. At this point they won’t comment on whether or not they’ve changed the release date or abandoned theatrical plans altogether.
I should mention that this isn’t an indication of “Green Inferno’s” quality. A few other films are being impacted by the sudden restructuring. And, having seen “Green Inferno”, I feel confident in saying that if Worldview isn’t able to help with the P&A another studio would eagerly step in.
For now, though, the film’s fate is up in the air until someone decides to release an official statement. If someone moves quickly enough, they could possibly still release the film in September. However, the longer this takes, the more likely it is that the film will be pushed further back.