Desierto’s Jonás Cuarón to helm Chupacabra film at Netflix
Though it’s been a while since we last heard word on his Zorro reboot starring Gael García Bernal (Coco) and Kiersey Clemons (The Flash), writer/director Jonás Cuarón has lined up his next project in the form of an untitled Chupacabra film at Netflix, according to Deadline.
The film is set to center on a teenager who gains an unlikely companion in the form of a young chupacabra hiding in his grandpa’s shed while visiting his family in Mexico and must join with his cousins to embark on a life-changing adventure to save the mythical creature.
In addition to directing, Cuarón is currently penning a new draft of the script for the film based on an original copy from Marcus Rinehart (Ben 10), Sean Kennedy Moore and Joe Barnathan (Mega Man: Fully Charged). The project is set to be produced by Chris Columbus (The Christmas Chronicles) via his 26th Street Pictures banner with his partners Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe while Brendan Bellomo is attached as executive producer.
Columbus’ 26th Street Pictures inked a first-look deal with the streaming platform in 2018 following the well-received holiday fantasy adventure comedy The Christmas Chronicles starring Kurt Russell as old Saint Nick. A sequel is currently in post-production with Russell set to return alongside Goldie Hawn, Judah Lewis, Darby Camp and Kimberly Williams-Paisley as well as seeing Columbus step behind the camera to helm the film.
Cuarón first found stardom by co-writing the script for the blockbuster sci-fi thriller Gravity with his father, Alfonso, and after the film’s box office and critical success, winning seven of its 10 Oscar nominations, he would get a second chance at directing with the 2015 thriller Desierto starring Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead), which was a modest critical and commercial hit.
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