As challenging as it undoubtedly is to be a filmmaker, perhaps the biggest obstacles are encountered after great levels of success have been achieved. When a director brings audiences to dizzying heights with their work, those same thrilled and engaged audiences will inevitably expect more. It’s at this point that expectation plays a larger part in a filmmaker’s life than ever before.
This is particularly true in the case of those talented few who’ve been rewarded with armloads of Oscars, like director Alfonso Cuarón. Since making waves early on with his indie hit Y Tu Mamá También, Cuarón has tested his skills in a variety of different genres and produced some tremendous standouts like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Children of Men along the way. But it was 2013’s stunning space drama Gravity that took the director to the next level.
Having yet to follow up Gravity with a new project, the topic of what’s next for Cuarón has been a popular one for fans and cinephiles alike. Well, the wait is apparently over as news from Collider reveals that Cuarón is getting set to begin production this autumn on a new film, which he will write and direct. The film remains untitled as of this writing, but it will be set in Cuarón’s hometown of Mexico City and take place during the 1970s.
There hasn’t been a great deal of information on the project shared thus far, but aside from the film’s setting and time period, we also know that the story will focus on a single family. Cuarón’s early work often fluctuated between Spanish language films and mainstream Hollywood fare, so this shift back to his roots after being so widely lauded for Gravity and its technical achievements shouldn’t be all that much of a surprise to his fans – or to those who’ve followed his career to date. There’s certainly no shortage of ground to cover from a historical perspective in terms of Mexico City in the often-turbulent decade of the 1970s.
Cuarón’s decision to take on a project that will likely be steeped in drama rather than a work of sci-fi or adventure will probably irk those who only really started paying attention to the director with the success of Gravity. But it has been precisely this refusal to pigeonhole himself that has kept Cuarón’s filmmaking fresh, intriguing and, possibly most important of all, innovative. Very few filmmakers working today have the creative range that Cuarón maintains and that in itself is arguably the single most crucial skill he possesses.
More news of Cuarón’s latest project will be on its way in the weeks and months to come, but for now it will likely be a comfort for many to know that one of the most well respected filmmakers working in cinema today is on his way back with something entirely new.
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