Filming will finally begin this year in North Korea before production then heads to Indonesia, Italy, Hawaii, Iceland and Eritrea. In the film, expected to be wrapped and ready for release by 2016, Herzog trails volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer, whom he first met while filming “Encounters at the End of the World” in Antarctica. Together they will travel the world in search of active volcanoes to explore the societies that live under the ever-looming threat of eruption.
The genesis of this globe-spanning 3D IMAX documentary epic (a la his glorious “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”) began when Herzog visited a volcano in 1977 for his early documentary “La Soufrière,” set on the island of Guadeloupe. Herzog is also juggling a narrative thriller-romance, “Salt and Fire,” set to star Michael Shannon and Gael García Bernal. Though originally slated to shoot this year, that project appears to be on the back burner. Meanwhile, Herzog’s badly received 2015 Berlinale drama “Queen of the Desert” remains at large on the distribution market.
Dogwoof will distribute “Into the Inferno” in the UK, when it’s ready, and will be courting Cannes buyers with a first-ever teaser clip. The company also releases Herzog pal Joshua Oppenheimer’s doc “The Look of Silence” in the UK this year.