Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron launching new horror TV series with Casey Affleck

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:13 AM EDT (Updated)

The filmmaker behind two of the best sci-fi films of the past 15 years is turning to horror for his next project.

Writer/director Alfonso Cuaron is behind an unnamed new horror TV series being pitched to premium cable and streaming networks, with several companies already reportedly interested. Details on the plot are scarce, but it's said to be about the origins of a cult. Cuaron will write, direct, and executive produce the show, while Casey Affleck will star and also executive produce.

Cuaron won a Best Director Oscar for his 2013 film Gravity, which starred Sandra Bullock as an astronaut trying to get home after her space station is destroyed. The movie's incredible cinematography and visual effects also earned gold statues at that year's Oscar ceremony. Before that, Cuaron directed 2006's Children of Men, the brilliant dystopian thriller that regularly pops up on both genre and overall "best of the decade" lists.

Cuaron also directed 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, widely regarded as the best of the eight Potter movies (he's abandoning genre -- for the moment -- for his next feature film, a family drama called Roma). His sole previous TV series, Believe -- about a young girl who is being hunted for her supernatural abilities -- lasted just half a season back in 2014.

The director is also good friends with fellow Mexican filmmakers Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant). Nicknaming themselves "The Three Amigos of Cinema," the trio frequently consult on each other's projects.

As for Affleck, he won a Best Actor Oscar last year for his starring role in Manchester by the Sea, and played a spirit -- with a white sheet literally thrown over him -- in this year's supernaturally-tinged film A Ghost Story.

The horror space is one that Cuaron has not really explored before as a filmmaker, so we're looking forward to seeing what he comes up with here. How about you?

(via Deadline)