XLrator Media has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Salt And Fire, the latest narrative film from Werner Herzog. Michael Shannon, Veronica Ferres and Gael Garcia Bernal star in the eco-thriller, which is having its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. XLrator plans a spring 2017 theatrical release.

Written and directed by Herzog inspired by a story by Tom Bissell, the pic centers on a corporate CEO and a group of scientists who band together despite their ideological differences to try to avoid a volcanic eruption that would result in environmental catastrophe. Nina Maag, Herzog, Michael Benaroya and Pablo Cruz are producers, and the pic screens in its North American premiere on Monday as a TIFF special presentation.

Herzog’s latest documentary Into The Inferno, also focused on volcanoes, just had its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.

“In a career spanning six decades, Werner Herzog has dazzled and challenged audiences with his unique cinematic vision. We’re honored to bring audiences his thought-provoking and very timely environmental thriller with the remarkable cast of Michael Shannon, Gael Garcia Bernal and Veronica Ferres,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

The deal was negotiated by XLrator Media’s Barry Gordon and Lea Flome with Creative Artists Agency on behalf of the filmmakers.