– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Another day, another Cuarón story. Makes sense, considering the steady rise of the Mexican filmmaker’s Hollywood stock over the years. But this time, we’re not talking about Alfonso. We’re talking about his son, Jonás. See, Jonás became a hot commodity himself ever since he co-wrote Gravity with his papa. We know he’s working on a big budget film about Atlantis, but he’s also directing a smaller film called Forsaken.

The film stars Gael Garcia Bernal, and it’s a chase thriller about a man trekking through the Sonora desert trying to get into the United States, only to have his fellow travelers picked off one by one by gunmen. The film’s story of survival, set in an utterly bleak situation, may seem thematically similar to Gravity, and there may be a reason for that.

Producer Stuart Ford (Dredd) spoke about the film about at Cannes, to Variety, where he revealed where the creative process for this film began. “In a way, ‘Forsaken’ is a de facto prequel to ‘Gravity,’ ” says Ford. “Jonas and Alfonso were working on the screenplay of ‘Forsaken,’ then called ‘Desierto,’ when they had a very similar concept and put it in space. So ‘Forsaken’ has a lot of themes similar to ‘Gravity.’ It’s about someone in a spectacularly peaceful but perilous environment trying to get home.”

Jonás wrote Forsaken with Mateo Garcia. The cast also includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen). 

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.