After he made the best sci-fi film of the century so far and before he took on the big-budget space spectacle Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón was hoping to do a smaller film back in Mexico. “I’ve been missing Mexico. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in Mexico. I’m so in touch with it and I think I need to reconnect with my own sense of being,” he said. He never did get that chance back then, but now it looks like he’ll be returning to his roots this fall.
Participant Media has announced today that they are teaming with Cuarón for a new film he’ll be writing and directing. Although not many details are known, it will chronicle a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s. With it set to begin shooting in Mexico this fall, we imagine casting will be announced fairly soon.
“This film is close to my heart and my first in Mexico since Y Tu Mamá También. I am thrilled to be making it with the Participant team,” Cuarón said in a press release. “Alfonso is a master storyteller, who breaks cultural boundaries around the world by skillfully connecting audiences through the power of cinema. We are elated to be joining him on this film,” added David Linde, CEO of Participant Media.
Considering how great the Oscar-winning director’s independent dramas are, we are greatly looking forward to seeing what he does returning to a smaller scale, so check back for details as they arrive.