Some quick acquisition news is coming in from the Toronto International Film Festival as Deadline is reporting that Dimension Films is closing in on a deal to pick up the rights to two different Eli Roth projects, Aftershock and Clown.
The site is reporting that Bob Weinstein’s Dimension Films is near a deal to acquire Aftershock, which is screening at the festival, and Clown, which will start production soon. These are two Eli Roth-produced genre films. Roth stars in Aftershock. It is his first big lead role since he brained Nazis as the Bear Jew in Inglourious Basterds. Supposedly the minimum guarantee commitment is upwards of $2 million for each film, plus a guarantee of a wide theatrical release.
Aftershock is an earthquake thriller scripted by Roth, Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo; and it marks the English-language debut from director Nicolas Lopez. His last two films, Que Pena Tu Vida and Que Pena Tu Boda, were the highest grossing Chilean films of 2010 and 2011. Among the other cast is Selena Gomez, who was in Chile doing a concert and came over to do a cameo. Lopez’s frequent collaborators Ariel Levy, Nicolas Martinez and Lorenza Izzo also star, along with Natasha Yarovenko and Andrea Osvart. Roth produced with Sobras’ Miguel Asensio, who has produced all of Lopez’s films. Exec producers are Nicolas Lopez and Mac and Helen Cappucino of Vertebra.
Clown is based on a fan-made trailer that drew Roth’s attention when it went viral. Jon Watts is directing a script he wrote with Christopher D. Ford. Ford scripted Robot and Frank, which was just released. Clown is about a loving dad who slaps on a clown costume to fill in for a no-show for his kid’s birthday. He can’t take the clown get-up off when the party ends and discovers the ensemble is cursed and he’s headed toward becoming the embodiment of evil. Clown is produced by Roth, Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Vertebra’s Steven Chester Prince.
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