Relevant Entertainment has acquired rights to and will remake the 1980 cult horror film Cannibal Holocaust, says Variety. It is aiming for a summer start.
The original film, directed by Italian helmer Ruggero Deodato, has been banned in dozens of countries due to its gore and violence. The film centers on a professor traveling to South America to find out what happened to a film crew that disappeared while shooting a documentary about reputed cannibal tribes. He eventually discovers the remains of the crew and several reels of undeveloped film, which show the disastrous consequences of the crew’s decision to provoke the natives.
Deodato shot the pic in documentary style and was jailed briefly after the Italian premiere until he could prove the actors were unharmed.
Relevant is in pre-production on Haunting in Connecticut for Gold Circle/Lionsgate and is developing The Tortoise and the Hippo for Walden Media and Pledged for Paramount.