CATEGORIES Drama, Foreign Language, Independent, Casting, Deals, Scripts, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalSo, as the story has it, Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel), Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) and Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) have set up a production company. Eager to start off with a bang, the first feature to be backed by the company is Rudo y Cursi, which to us English-folk is "Rough and Corny." Why is it a bang? First, it was written, and will be directed by, Carlos Cuarón -- Alfonso's brother and co-writer on Y tu mamá también. Second, and more notably for audiences, it will re-team Mama stars Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. Where Mama dealt with sex and friendship, Rudo is about two brothers who play professional soccer and are embroiled in a life-long competition, while still, as Iñárritu explains: "once again exploring the same themes of rivalry."
Now, let's go over the track record of those involved. Iñárritu is responsible for Amores perros, 21 Grams and Babel; Alfonso has Mama, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Paris, je t'aime and Children of Men; del Toro has Pan's and Hellboy and Carlos has Mama. Then there are Bernal and Luna, who also have their share of cinematic success and on-screen chemistry. As CBC states, the filmmakers are responsible for 16 Academy Award nods all on their own. It's like a paved, golden road that I hope leads to more recognition, and holds up under the weight of acclaim. The film has been in production for a few weeks in the small town of Cihuatlan, near a banana plantation that the Cuarón brothers visited as kids.