Alfonso CuarÃ³n is one of the most famous and decorated filmmakers in the business, with a trophy that includes four Oscars and three Golden Globes, but he’s far from prolific.
He’s only made eight films in the past 30 years, and nothing at all since Netflix’s awards season favorite. Rome in 2018, his fans are therefore impatiently awaiting official confirmation of what will follow. Earlier this year, it was rumored that CuarÃ³n would write and direct an entire eight-episode miniseries for AppleTV + with Cate Blanchett and Gary Oldman in the lead roles, and he’s now confirmed it.
In a recent appearance at the Rome Film Festival, the man behind such disparate success stories as Y tu mamÃ¡ tambiÃ©n, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Gravity let the cat out of the bag, but he wouldn’t be drawn to any other detail. Apple has taken serious steps to attract some of the best and brightest talent in the industry for its original efforts, and CuarÃ³n’s shift to episodic storytelling is a huge blow to the platform.
He’s already touched on television, co-creating and directing the pilot episode of ABC’s One-Season Wonder. To believe in 2014, but it would be safe to say that a high-profile drama starring a pair of Oscar-winning heavyweights with the weight of the Apple machine behind will generate a lot more interest and excitement.