Gravity has already grossed well over $200 million domestically and is still going strong, an unquestioned smash hit, but as screenwriter Jonas Cuaron (who wrote the film with his father, director Alfonso Cuaron) explained to me at Saturday’s sold out Deadline THE CONTENDERS event at the brand new Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts the movie was never a sure thing, in fact a “huge gamble” even with all those special effects and stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. As he told the gathered AMPAS and Guild members it really is a very intimate story told on a large scale.
Esperanto Kino, Itaca Films, BN Films and Canana are set to produce the Spanish-language film starring Gael Garcia Bernal. Jonas Cuaron — who co-wrote his father Alfonso Cuaron’s new film Gravity — directs Desierto, the tale of illegal immigrants who cross into the U.S. and end up running from an American who has taken border patrol into his own hands. While they fight for their lives, the two immigrants fall for each other. Jonas Cuaron wrote the script with Mateo Garcia. Desierto will be produced by Alfonso Cuaron, Carlos Cuaron and Alex Garcia. Garcia Bernal is exec producing with Lucas Akoskin and Santiago Garcia Galvan.
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