Eli Roth has a veritable mountain of projects he’s attached to – so many that we often wonder if he’ll actually make any of them. He’s sort of like Guillermo del Toro in that regard, except del Toro seems to release more movies.
This should change soon, because Deadline is reporting that Dimension has picked up Roth’s disaster horror flick Aftershock and the strangely disturbing Clown. We don’t know much about the latter (save that it was inspired by a faux trailer Roth made about a father unable to remove a creepy clown suit he donned for his kid’s birthday), but we do have your first glimpse at footage from Aftershock.
Roth will not only direct this feature about a group of people trying to survive the aftermath of a massive earthquake in Chile, but he’ll also star. The filmmaker is set to play a character nicknamed Gringo who must make it through looters, escaped criminals and terrible aftershocks if he hopes to make it back to the U.S.A. in one piece. Check out some of the earthquake footage below. (via Deadline and io9)
Next up, we’ve got a sneak peek at Neil Jordan’s Byzantium – the director’s new vampire flick that’s set to make its debut at this month’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan star in this moody tale of blood and regret. Check out the official synopsis for the plot breakdown:
“Two mysterious women seek refuge in a rundown coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.”
No official release date has been announced for Byzantium, but we expect that will change after the TIFF screenings. Get a feel for what to expect by watching the Not Safe for Work clip and let us know what you think. (via io9)
Finally, we close out today’s clip cornucopia with two videos from the upcoming The Place Beyond the Pines.
Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper star in Derek Cianfrance's crime drama, with Gosling playing a pro motorcyclist who turns to a life of bank robbing to make ends meet (hmm… where have we seen something like this before involving Gosling?). He eventually runs afoul of a cop (Cooper). Years later, the two men’s sons wind up encountering each other – and serious drama follows.
In the first clip, from Hitfix, Cooper’s character has an intense interrogation session with another cop. It appears, from this footage, that perhaps Cooper’s character isn’t exactly a good guy in the film.
The second clip, courtesy of Red Carpet Diary’s YouTube channel, features footage from the film and an interview with director Derek Cianfrance and costar Eva Mendes. Cianfrance gives us some insight into how he envisions Gosling’s character – comparing to him to “The Leader of the Pack” in that he’s sort of this dreamy hunk – but one who’s also deeply damaged inside.
The film marks the second collaboration between Cianfrance and Gosling, coming after Blue Valentine. Expect The Place Beyond the Pines to open in 2013, but you can read our review of the movie now.