German auteur set for romantic thriller… Filmmaker Werner Herzog (‘Into the Abyss,’ ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams,’ ‘Grizzy Man’) has signed on to take the helm of ‘Salt And Fire,’ a romantic thriller that has Veronica Ferres (‘Klimt’) set to star. Scripted by Herzog, the film follows “a scientist in South America who clashes with the head of the corporation responsible for an ecological disaster. When she learns of the potential eruption of a supervolcano in the region, the scientist teams up with her nemesis to avert a global catastrophe.” Michael Benaroya, who recently produced Herzog’s ‘Queen Of The Desert,’ is on board to co-produce the thriller with Construction Film’s Nina Maag and Pablo Cruz of Canana Films. Screen Daily has the film slated for an April start. “I couldn’t be more pleased to be endeavouring on another journey with Werner Herzog,” said Benaroya. “He is a truly special film-maker and person. I believe this project will exceed the high expectations that come with any film he directs.” Herzog’s ‘Queen Of The Desert,’ which will see Nicole Kidman play archaeologist, writer and explorer Gertrude Bell, arrives in cinemas later this year.