Tlatelolco: According to Variety, A rival project to Alfonso Cuaron's upcoming Mexico '68 is in the works, with John Leguizamo and Vanessa Bauche (Amores Perros) attached to star. Produced by U.S. shingle Green Dog Films, the docudrama, titled Tlatelolco, centers on the infamous 1968 massacre of students in Tlatelolco, Mexico City, on the eve of the Mexico City Olympics. To be shot in Mexico and the U.S. in English and Spanish, pic's principal photography is targeted for February 2005. The film follows an American journalist who visits the Mexican capital to cover the Olympics but gets caught up in the political maelstrom instead. Role has yet to be cast. Leguizamo plays a Mexican friend who urges the reporter to unearth the truth behind the massacre. The docudrama will include some newly discovered archival footage and will feature some of Mexico's hottest bands. The film, budgeted at $4 million, will be the directorial debut of Mexican musicvideo/commercials helmers Leopoldo and Everardo Gout. Their mother, a documaker, was the only one to gain access to the warden of the Lecumberri prison where student leaders were imprisoned. The pic would not be the first to focus on the tragedy. Jorge Fons' 1989 drama "Rojo Amanecer" (Red Dawn) was set in an apartment overlooking the plaza where the massacre took place. Cinemark Movie Club
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