Dogwoof takes global rights to Herzog’s “Into the Inferno”

Dogwoof has acquired Into the Inferno (pictured), one of two Werner Herzog-directed volcano docs in the works, and will preview the film for buyers during the Cannes Film Festival.
May 6, 2015

Dogwoof has acquired the worldwide rights to Werner Herzog’s (pictured) volcano documentary Into the Inferno (pictured), excluding Canada.

The UK-based distributor will screen a teaser clip from the film, which is in pre-production, for buyers during the Cannes Film Festival on May 15. Dogwoof will also distribute the film in the United Kingdom.

Production is due to begin later in the year in North Korea before moving to Indonesia, Italy, Hawaii, Iceland and Eritrea, among other locations. Herzog is expected to finish the doc next year.

André Singer and Richard Melman of Spring Films are coproducing with Herzog Film and Matter of Fact Media.

In Into the Inferno, the German filmmaker will team up with volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer to investigate the relationship between volcanoes, the planet and human life, with Oppenheimer’s book Eruptions that Shook the World serving as a key inspiration.

“The duo will travel to all the corners of the world that have active volcanoes and discover how societies survive under the constant threat of eruption and in doing so also explore how these mountains of fire inspire culture from antiquity to present day,” Dogwoof said in a statement.

Into the Infernois separate from Volcano, Herzog’s IMAX-exclusive volcano project announced last year that will also feature Oppenheimer and be shot in IMAX Digital with funding from the IMAX Original Film Fund.

“It’s a separate project, but the IMAX 3D is very much alive and will be filmed next year,” Melman told realscreen.

The Grizzly Man director met Oppenheimer while shooting the doc Encounters at the End of the World at Antarctica’s Mount Erebus in 2006. The volcanologist has previously appeared in nature documentaries that have aired on Discovery Channel, ZDF, BBC and National Geographic Channel.

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