With recent television shows like Destination Truth, Finding Bigfoot, and MonsterQuest airing on top networks, it’s clear that cryptozoology is rapidly growing in popularity. Even American Horror Story‘s 10th season is rumored to involve cryptids. And now, Netflix will launch a brand new untitled movie about Chupacabra, directed by Gravity writer Jonas Cuaron.
Details about the new film are few and far between, but it is expected to show the gentler, more misunderstood side of a young chupacabra, which would typically be depicted as a bloodthirsty livestock killer.
Alex, a young boy, discovers the mythical creature in his grandfather’s shed, and in order to save the helpless cryptid’s life, Alex and his cousins embark on a weird and wild adventure. Throughout the escapade, the boy learns to trust the supposedly-evil chupacabra, rather than live in fear of him.
The screenplay will be written by Jonas Cuaron and adapted from the previously-written screenplay by Marcus Rinehart, Sean Kennedy Moore, and Joe Barnathan. Cuaron is most widely-known for his 2013 film, Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Chupacabra is a mythical creature that gained popularity in the United States during the mid-1990s. With vicious attacks in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the southwestern United States, news outlets started reporting alleged sightings. But it’s possible chupacabras have been around since the early to mid 1970s.
Netflix backing a film about chupacabra is a major step toward cryptids hitting the mainstream. Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster have astounded believers for quite some time, but lesser-known cryptids, like Altamaha-ha and the Jersey Devil, deserve recognition too. This could be the beginning of a new era in cryptozoology.
More details are expected to be available soon. There are certainly plenty of other opportunities for cryptid films, if this new film is a hit. Mothman, anyone?