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Cuarón, the son of filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, made his directorial debut with the immigration thriller Desierto. Gareth Dunnet Alcocer (Blue Beetle) is writing the script for El Muerto, about a wrestler with superpowers passed down from generation to generation in a single family.
The pic is in early development and will mark the first live-action Marvel film to be led by a Latino character. El Muerto, a character originally from the Spider-Man universe, is an antihero and the son of a luchador, or Mexican wrestler, and next in line to inherit the ancestral power of El Muerto.
Sony Pictures will theatrically release the pic on Jan. 12, 2024. Cuarón co-wrote and directed Desierto, which starred Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The movie won the International Critics’ Award at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival. He also co-wrote Gravity with his father.
As Bad Bunny gets set to become a Marvel star, the expanding Sony Pictures universe of Marvel characters also includes J.C. Chandor’s Kraven the Hunter, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, to be released in theaters on Oct. 6, 2023, and S.J. Clarkson’s Madame Web, starring Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney, set for a Feb. 16, 2024 release.
Cuarón is repped by UTA. Alcocer is repped by WME.
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