Alfonso Cuaron Plans Smaller, Darker Films

Acclaimed filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Children of Men”) returns to cinemas with the highly ambitious big-budget studio picture “Gravity” next month.

Enjoy the scale now though, because the filmmaker has vowed to return to much smaller and darker fare in the future. Cuaron tells Vulture:

“Film is my means of survival, and ‘Gravity’ was a miscalculation of time. it’s not the best investment I’ve ever made.”

The quote refers to the overall production on “Gravity” which went for ultimately over four years – far longer than originally anticipated due to all sorts of hurdles in terms of technology, casting and post-production. Cuaron adds:

“I enjoyed every single bit of the process, but I would never do it again. It was fun and exciting it was full of challenges. The film was not unlike the journey of the character in the film… It was filled with adversity, things falling apart. You learn to go through and it’s weird to say, but some of the adversities were enjoyable. So, all of that was great, but I would never do it again.”

He does hold a lot of praise for Warner Bros. Pictures though who essentially put a lot of faith in him to deliver a film that they frankly wouldn’t see results from until a long time after the practical live action stuff was shot:

“You know in all these stories [you hear], I have to say that the studio was amazing. The expression ‘Houston in the blind,’ and pretty much the studio was in the blind. They invested so much time and money into the technology and then into the shoot, not knowing if the technology would work. They didn’t see see anything until about 8 months to a year after the shoot. I have to say they were really amazing. No one’s happy to hear that you have to bump the release a year later, but they were very supportive.”

Still, Cuaron is now moving on to smaller and less technologically challenging fare. From the sounds of it he’s keen on doing a horror film:

“I don’t mean slasher. Something more psychological, more emotional, something that festers.”