Alejandro González Iñárritu to Try His Hand at Comedy with 'Birdman'
We definitely didn't see this one coming. If there were two genres of film that I'd guess Alejando González Iñárritu, the Mexican director known for dark movies like Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel, would never make, they would be a comedy and a superhero movie. But THR reports that Inarritu's next film will be an indie called Birdman which strangely enough loosely fits in both genres. The story, written by Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo, follows a down and out actor who once played an iconic superhero and now is heading to Broadway to reclaim his former fame. Read on!
For those not familiar with Inarritu's filmography, this change in genre is as monumental as it would be if Michael Bay announced tomorrow that he's directing a romantic comedy next. The Mexican filmmaker has won acclaim for his dark, depressing movies, but since he's co-writing this as well as directing it, it would appear that he's very passionate about trying new things and not just taking on a different kind of job because he needs the work. The movie reportedly takes place in one location over three days and deals with the main character's struggles with his family, his career, and his sanity. Sounds a bit like Inarritu by way of Woody Allen, which is a very interesting prospect.
If comedy isn't your bag, though, it seems like you won't have much longer to wait before the filmmaker turns back to a darker kind of filmmaking. He's been developing a western called The Revenant at WB for a while, and he's been courting Leonardo DiCaprio to play the main character, a man who is mauled by a bear and then robbed and left for dead by people who are supposed to care for him. When he recovers, revenge is the only thing on his mind. Sounds a bit more up Inarritu's alley, but seeing directors jump around outside of their comfort zone can be a great thing for them moving forward, so we'll keep you posted.