Werner Herzog is jumping right back in the narrative-feature saddle for his next film, a romantic thriller called “Salt and Fire” set amid a global catastrophe.
Screen Daily has the scoop: Veronica Ferres (“Hector and the Search for Happiness”) plays a scientist up against the head of a major corporation responsible for an ecological disaster in South America. When warnings of a remote supervolcano bode global doom, they must team up to save the world—in spite of their ideological differences.
Herzog penned the script and will produce alongside “Queen of the Desert” cohort Michael Benaroya, and Nina Maag of Construction Film and Pablo Cruz of Canana Films.
The producers plan to shoot “Salt and Fire,” currently heating up sales interest for International Film Trust, beginning April 2015 on the Bolivian salt flats, as Herzogian as any a vast landscape.
Herzog visited a volcano in 1977 for his early documentary “La Soufrière,” set on the island of Guadeloupe. His long-awaited 3D IMAX doc “Volcano,” an up-close look at the titular natural phenomenon, was still in the kiln as of last Fall, with footage to be shot in five countries.
Meanwhile, Herzog has his critics to answer to following Berlinale flop “Queen of the Desert,” currently sitting at a plummeting 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. At the Berlin press conference for the period sweeper starring Nicole Kidman, covered over at Indiewire, Herzog confessed, “I think I should have done films about female protagonists much earlier in my life.” Looks like he’s making up for lost time with “Salt and Fire.”
Below, watch a 40-minute Berlin Q&A with Herzog and “Look of Silence” director Joshua Oppenheimer.
Ryan Lattanzio is a staff writer for TOH at Indiewire. Follow him on Twitter.