According to Deadline Hollywood, Chris Weitz, the biggest name to circle the franchise, is now focusing on a small, independent feature -- one he's supposedly paying for part of out of his own pocket (with help from Summit and Jami Gertz's Lime Orchard). The Gardener focuses on a Mexican landscaper (to be played by Che's Demian Bichir) who lives in East L.A. but drives to the posh areas to manicure lawns, while trying to keep his son (newcomer Jose Julian) safe from gangs and immigration. Weitz says: "It's about an undocumented immigrant who gets the chance to buy a truck and equipment to raise his family out of poverty, and how things go right and wrong from there. It is an Italian neo-realist movie with a contemporary feel. I wanted to return to making films with no green screen required, not that there's anything wrong with those."
No green screen and really silly wolves jumping into horribly fake-looking CG waters? With an indie mentality to boot? I'm in. The film will start shooting this April.