Cine Latino: Pedro Almodóvar and Guillermo del Toro Announce New Film Projects; Gael García Bernal to play Zorro?

Cine Latino: Pedro Almodóvar and Guillermo del Toro Announce New Film Projects; Gael García Bernal to play Zorro?

Feb 17, 2012

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Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In continues to make headlines, having just recently won the BAFTA award for Film Not in the English Language and receiving 16 Goya Award nominations. News of Almodóvar’s latest film project was confirmed on Monday by his brother and longtime producer Agustín Almodóvar. The project, tentatively called Brief Lovers, is a comedy a la Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), a genre Almodóvar last visited in 1993 with Kika. Filming is scheduled to begin this summer and rumor has it Javier Cámara will take the lead role. Cámara previously worked with Almodóvar in Talk to Her (2002) and Bad Education (2004).

The latest trend in Hollywood is turning fairy tales into movies, and with all the hype surrounding the release of Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman this year it was only a matter of time before the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast was remade. 

Luckily the new film project by Warner Brothers, titled Beast, will be in the hands of Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. According to Variety, Harry Potter’s Emma Watson is in final negotiations to play Belle.

I spoke to del Toro last year while promoting Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and he was quick to set the record straight on all of his upcoming movies.

“There are a lot of people announcing projects that are not real, [but] the real projects are a lot. I’m working on The Hulk for ABC. We’re developing the series, it’s going well, we don’t have the pilot screening yet,” said del Toro. “Frankenstein, I’m writing now. I’m rewriting Haunted Mansion. I just finished writing the third book of the Strain trilogy of novels. My next directing film will be Pacific Rim and we’re shopping around the project of Pinocchio. I’m working on another movie for Dreamworks that comes out in 2013 called Garden. So those are the real projects.”

When asked about Pinocchio, del Toro was quick to say it’s one of his favorite projects to date.

“It’s stop-motion. It’s Pinocchio set between World War I and World War II in Italy with motion puppets, pre-fascism so everyone is a fascist except for Pinocchio. So everyone is a political puppet. We don’t have the financing together yet but it’s perhaps one of my favorite projects.”

In other exciting news, international star Gael García Bernal is set to play Zorro in Fox’s Zorro Reborn. The film will be a futuristic reboot of the classic Zorro tale. No director has been linked to the project. The iconic Zorro character was last played by Antonio Banderas in Martin Campbell's 2005 pic The Legend of Zorro.

Fans of the Mexican actor won’t have to wait long to see him on the big screen. Hitting theaters next month, Casa De Mi Padre stars Bernal, Diego Luna and Will Ferrell. The all-Spanish-language comedy is an exaggerated take on those overly dramatic Spanish telenovas.

At a press conference earlier this week in Mexico, Bernal, co-founder of the Ambulante film festival with Luna and Pablo Cruz, shared news about the organization’s mobile fest. Founded in 2005, Ambulante brings documentary films and training programs to places rarely exposed to the medium. The goal is to expose little-known stories to promote social and cultural change. This year Bernal promised to bring the festival to Central America, specifically naming El Salvador and Guatemala.  Austin, New York and Los Angeles will also be in the mix, and for the first time 3D films will be showcased.

During the tour, both Mexican and international documentaries are shown in more than 100 venues, in several cities around Mexico, between February and May every year. Eighty documentaries will be showcased this year in 24 countries including El Velador by Natalia Almada, Lessons of War by Juan Manuel Sepulveda, George Harrison: Living in the Material World by Martin Scorsese and People vs. George Lucas by Alexandre Philippe. For more information on the festival visit www.ambulante.com.mx

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