Photo: New and Critically Acclaimed Filmmaker Gerado Naranjo Working on New Political Thriller
Highly praised new filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo is now working on a film adaption called A Man Must Die.
After his critically acclaimed Miss Bala, the Mexican director said he was receiving a number of offers, but was not seeing the kid of thing he really wanted. He recently told Indiewire the offers he was getting were not “very interesting”. Adding, “I think the scripts we’ve been getting are a little bit, you know, brainless action. I would love to make like a ‘Mad Max’, but I would also like to have the emotion in there.”
It seems Naranjo took it upon himself to find something worth getting excited about. A Man Must Die’s script was written by Naranjo. The political thriller will be produced by Pablo Cruz. Naranjo reached a deal with Focus Features recently and the script’s details have yet to surface.
Naranjo has only stated it’s “an international thriller that deals with the FBi, CIA, and a dictatorship outside the U.S. – the FBI has one version, the CIA has one version, and the dictatorship had one version.”
Up first, however, is the 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment project, The Mountain Between Us starring Michael Fassbender. The Mountain Between Us tells the story of a man and woman whose flight is canceled and as strangers agree to charter a plane. During the flight, the pilot suffers a heart attack, and the plane crashes into a snowy mountain. Fassbender is to play passenger Ben, a doctor. He, along with the female passenger, Ashley the writer, who is about to get married, begin a journey of both survival and love.
Earlier this year, Naranjo won audiences over with Miss Bala, which was recently submitted for contention for Mexico’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The movie follows a teen girl who heads to Tijuana to compete in the Miss Baja California beauty pageant, but ends up an innocent victim caught up in Mexico’s drug war.