While promoting Año Uña (directed by Jonás Cuarón) the last week of November 2008, Alfonso and Jonás revealed a new film they have been writing together in London: A Boy and His Shoe. It will be a road movie and it will likely begin filming in Britain in April 2009. The plot details on IMDb describe, “A road movie following the journey of young people throughout England, Scotland and France.” It will be produced by Esperanto Films, with help from the UK Film Council. Harry Potter producer David Heyman will also be participating (IESB). Casting begun in December 2008.
Casting calls indicate that the main cast includes two Scottish boys, Paddy and Elijah, of Gypsy/Traveller background, and a French girl they meet when she arrives in the UK. The announcement from News of the World referred to the film as Any Old Shoe. In the same piece, Cuarón said of the lead, “We are looking for a teenage boy who can play the lead role of a shepherd. This boy had a very tortured upbringing and carries a secret which he must pass on to the right person.” The director filmed in Glencoe while working on the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004. “I’ve always wanted to return here. I love the landscape and the people.” French film site Cinempire reports (unofficially) that Daniel Auteuil and Charlotte Gainsbourg have been cast. It appears that the character of the French girl will arrive in Scotland on summer holidays with her family from Montpellier. Casting calls have gone out in Montpellier and Avignon in the south of France. Late summer update: Guillaume Canet and Pam Ferris are now both attached to the project, according to Milenio. However, IMDb still lists the film in pre-production and the film has not begun shooting. Scottish composer Patrick Doyle who worked with Cuarón on A Little Princess and Great Expectations is also attached (I’m delighted about this, by the way). *IMDb currently projects a 2012 UK release date.
It’s tough. I would have really liked to see another road film from my favourite director, but I guess it isn’t time (Gravity is now in post-production, as I update this page, scheduled for a fall 2012 release). As he said back in 2006:
Oh, IMDb — you cannot believe anything you see on there! I get so mad when I look there sometimes, I don’t know where they get this from. All I have right now is one very small film I am just starting on, that is all. No, I am too lazy to direct all that stuff.