Alfonso Cuaron, the director of Children Of Men and Gravity, is teaming up with Casey Affleck for a horror drama series that tracks the origins of a cult. Specific details are entirely under wraps, but Cuaron is writing, directing, and executive producing the untitled TV series while Affleck will star and executive produce.
It’s unclear at this time when the untitled horror series will enter production. Affleck recently signed on to lead the Blumhouse indie Stoner for director Joe Wright (Atonement, Darkest Hour) and Cuaron is completing post-production on his family drama, Roma, for which he will certainly have press commitments when it comes time for that film’s release. The prospect of these two working together in the horror genre is an intriguing one.
Cuaron’s only sole previous TV series was titled Believe, which was about a young girl who is being hunted for her supernatural abilities. The series only lasted a half-season back in 2014. This would be the first ongoing TV series role for Affleck.
Back in 2013, Cuaron won Best Director at the Oscars for Gravity, which starred Sandra Bullock as an astronaut trying to get home after her space station is destroyed by flying debris. The movie’s incredible cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki’s first of three consecutive, and record-breaking, wins) and visual effects also earned Oscars that year. Cuaron’s previous film was 2006’s Children Of Men, a brilliant dystopian thriller that often pops up as one of the “best of the decade” lists, genre-oriented or not. The filmmaker is also responsible for what is perhaps the best Harry Potter film in the series, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban.
The director is also good friends with fellow Mexican filmmakers Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant), who proudly wear the nickname: “The Three Amigos of Cinema,” the trio frequently consult on each other’s projects, as evident when both Iñárritu and Cuaron won their Oscars for directing (Guillermo’s will come soon enough).
Affleck won an Oscar for Best Actor last year for Manchester By The Sea and recently played a fore-longed spirit in David Lowery’s supernatural film A Ghost Story. Casey and his brother Ben have been in the news lately because of their affiliation with disgraced sub-human Harvey Weinstein, and because of their pasts now coming to light as well. Looks like rocky roads ahead for Warner Bros., as they start prepping for Justice Leauge‘s press circuit.
Images: Amazon, Universal, Warner Bros.