Alejandro González Iñárritu is currently filming his latest project in Mexico City, tentatively titled “Limbo.” The Los Angeles Times describes the effort as “a colossal production” seeking to explore “the political and social modernity of Mexico.”
“Limbo” represents the first project Iñárritu has tackled since 2015’s “The Revenant,” the winner of three Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki), and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Iñárritu wrote the screenplay for “Limbo,” with the Times confirming that Iñárritu is utilizing cinematographer Darius Khondji for the film. Khondji is widely acclaimed throughout the film community, with a filmography that boasts such titles as David Fincher’s “Seven,” Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” and the Safdie Brothers’ “Uncut Gems.”
Iñárritu’s collaboration with Khondji also comes as a surprise since the director had previously worked exclusively with cinematographers Rodrigo Prieto and Emmanuel Lubezki. Lubezki notably won Oscars for his work on Iñárritu’s two previous features, “Birdman” and “The Revenant.”
The separation, however, may simply be due to scheduling conflicts. Prieto is currently working with Martin Scorsese on his next film, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” while Lubezki is filming David O. Russell’s latest–as yet unnamed–project.
The Times noted that the “Limbo” production “… will complete the first week of filming in the Historic Center. Yesterday [Iñárritu] was a one-man orchestra in a day with around a hundred extras on Isabel La Católica street.” The director and his colleagues were seen scouting around Mexico City last year performing production tests. According to The Film Stage, “The crew was spotted at Chapultepec Castle and in the historic center of Mexico City, with the cast dressed in ’90s outfits and the tests included cardboard cutouts of politicians Carlos Salinas de Gortari and José López Portillo.”
More specific plot details for “Limbo” are still under wraps. Stay tuned to this space for updates.