Jonás Cuarón, who co-wrote the acclaimed feature Gravity with his father, Alfonso Cuarón, is set to adapt Undocumented America, a manuscript by journalist — and DACA beneficiary — Karla Cornejo Villavicencio as a potential TV series for Brad Weston’s Makeready.
Based on the book to be published by Spiegel & Grau, Undocumented America will be a portrait of the undocumented experience, weaving together diverse stories of immigrants across the country – from New York City and Miami to Flint, New Haven, Cleveland and beyond.
“This is an important story, and one that needs to be told with urgency,” said Mexico-born Jonás Cuarón. “I am so happy to be working alongside Karla, who offers a passionate and personal voice to this complex issue.”
Makeready has been developing the series since May, when it acquired the rights to Undocumented America following Cornejo Villavicencio’s Election Day essay in The New York Times on undocumented Americans and voting. Cornejo Villavicencio is an immigrant from Ecuador and a DREAMer who brings her personal experience as one of the first undocumented students admitted to Harvard’s undergraduate and Yale’s Ph.D. programs. Her future in the U.S. is uncertain following the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA.
“Trump doesn’t get to write our funeral,” said Cornejo Villavicencio. “Neither does the media. Neither do I. We are alive as all hell, and I think that’s where the story begins.”
Cornejo Villavicencio is a writer who covers race, science and culture. She has written popular essays for The New Inquiry, n+1, This Recording, and The New Republic, as well as music reviews for Interview magazine and The Atlantic. She is repped by Foundry Literary + Media.