After winning the Best Director gong at the Oscars two years on the trot Alejandro G. Inarritu could turn his prestigious talents towards any project that he wanted. While you might have expected the Mexican director to immediately try and eclipse Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) and _The Revenant _with his next outing, Alejandro G. Inarritu has instead gone in the complete opposite direction as he's going to release a short film. As you'd expect from Inarritu, that's only half the story, though, as it's going to be an experimental short virtual reality film.
A press release from Legendary Entertainment revealed that Alejandro G. Inarritu has been working on this tantalizing project for four years. Now after 48 months of development, Legendary and Fondazione Prada have finally provided the filmmaker with the green light to shoot the film.
Alejandro G. Inarritu will also work alongside his frequent collaborator, Emmanuel Lubezki, on the project. Since Emmanuel Lubezki has three of his own Academy Awards, which he also claimed in consecutive years for Gravity, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) and The Revenant, becoming the first cinematographer to do so, the short film will immediately pique the interest of cinephiles.
Alejandro G. Inarritu has established himself as one of the most beguiling filmmakers in American cinema over the last decade and a half, dating all the way back to 2000's Amores Perros. He's since followed this up with 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful and, of course, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), and The Revenant.
While each of Inarritu's films have been greeted with widespread critical acclaim, it was the back-to-back triumphs of Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) and The Revenant, which also grossed $103.2 million and $533 million, respectively, that have secured his place in cinematic history. That's because he became just the third director to win consecutive Academy Awards, something that had previously only been achieved by John Ford for 1940's The Grapes Of Wrath and 1941's How Green Was My Valley and Joseph L. Mankiewicz for 1949's A Letter To Three Wives and 1950's All About Eve.
While it's likely that Inarritu's upcoming short film will merely be a minor footnote to his career, by the sound of things, it could help to expand and evolve the way that we watch films. Still, considering the experimental approach of Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) and the fact that Inarritu was the director that finally led Leonardo DiCaprio to the Best Actor Academy Award, it's no longer surprising that the Mexican director is yet again on the verge of creating such a cutting edge effort.