2006 was an amazing year because it saw three geniuses from Mexico at the top of their moviemaking game, all releasing films within months of each other. And they’re all good friends.
The trio is, of course, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel). They’ve been buddies for years, and have helped out one another in times of need – del Toro famously helped Iñárritu edit and restructure Amores Perros. But could they ever all come together like a South of the Border Voltron (which was probably where the knock-off Voltron I had as a kid came from anyway) to make a movie together?
Cuaron tells Daniel Robert Epstein of Suicide Girls that they’ve talked about it.
DRE: Would the two of you [Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro] ever work on a
AC: We always talk about it. Doing a film with me, Guillermo and Alejandro
Iñárritu. At one point Guillermo wanted to do a story of a kidnapping seen
from three different points of view and for each one of us to take a
different character for a different point of view of the same situation.
DRE: That’d be wild!
AC: That would be very interesting.
The kidnapping story would be very personal to Guillermo, whose father was once kidnapped for ransom. But the idea of each of these guys getting together and taking a storyline – heck, that would still fit into Iñárritu’s fascination with fractured narrative (although wouldn’t it be totally annoying if he fractured his own narrative within the context of the other two?).
Sadly this will probably never happen – these are just three busy guys. But if it did…