Jonas Cuaron will pen the script
Akiva Goldsman will produce through his shingle, Weed Road Pictures, along with Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold from their Safehouse Pictures.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but sources say the film would be a new take on the mythical underwater kingdom. Lynn Harris is overseeing for WB.
Warners was looking for the next project on which to reteam with Cuaron, and saw this film as a great possibility. Cuaron had been the choice for some time, but had to first figure out scheduling with his next directing assignment, “Desierto.”
“Desierto” stars Gael Garcia Bernal (who also exec produces) and allows Cuaron to work with his father Alfonso again, along with his uncle Carlos, both of whom will produce the film along with Jonas and Alex Garcia. Pic is in the vein of “Manhunter” and set along the Mexican border.
Production will start early next year.
WB sees this film as a major priority — so much so that it was at one point being considered by Peter Jackson. That scenario never worked out but it’s a sign of the confidence the studio has in Jonas after the success of “Gravity.”
Cuaron is repped by UTA and attorney Henry Holmes.