By Jueseppi B.
Cuarón wrote the screenplay with his son Jonás and attempted to develop the project at Universal Pictures. After the rights to the project were sold, the project found traction at Warner Bros. instead, and the studio approached multiple actresses before casting Bullock in the female lead role. Robert Downey, Jr. was also involved as the male lead before leaving the project and being replaced by Clooney.
Gravity opened at the 70th Venice International Film Festival in August 2013. Its North American premiere was three days later at the Telluride Film Festival. It is scheduled for wide release in the United States and Canada on October 4, 2013.
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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Alfonso Cuarón|
|Produced by||Alfonso Cuarón
|Written by||Alfonso Cuarón
|Music by||Steven Price|
|Editing by||Alfonso Cuarón
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Running time||90 minutes
Medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone is on her first Space Shuttle mission accompanied by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski, who is commanding his final expedition. During a spacewalk, debris from a satellite crashes into the space shuttle Explorer which mostly destroys it, leaving them stranded in space with limited air. Without means of communication with Earth, they must co-operate to survive.
- Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone
- George Clooney as Matt Kowalski
- Ed Harris as Mission Control (voice)
- Basher Savage as Space Station Captain (voice)
The project was in development at Universal Pictures for several years, but the studio placed it in turnaround. Warner Bros. acquired the project, which in February 2010, attracted the attention of Angelina Jolie, who had rejected a sequel to Wanted. Later in the month, she passed on the project, partially because the studio did not want to pay her $20 million fee, which she had received for her latest two movies. She received $19 million for The Tourist and over $20 million for Salt. She also passed on the project because she wanted to work on directing her Bosnian war film, In the Land of Blood and Honey. In March, Robert Downey, Jr. entered talks to be cast in the male lead role.
In mid-2010, Marion Cotillard tested for the female lead role. By August 2010, Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively were in the running for the role. In September, Cuarón received approval from Warner Bros. to offer the role without a screen test to Natalie Portman who was being praised for her recently released film Black Swan. Portman passed on the project due to scheduling conflicts, and Warner Bros. then approached Sandra Bullock for the role. In November 2010, Downey left the project to star in How to Talk to Girls, a project in development with Shawn Levy attached to direct. In the following December, with Bullock signed for the co-lead role, George Clooney replaced Downey.
Gravity has a production budget of $80 million and was filmed digitally. Live elements were shot at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios in the UK with the visual effects supervised by Tim Webber at Framestore in London. The 3D was designed and supervised by Chris Parks. The majority of the 3D was created through stereo rendering the CG at Framestore with the rest post converted, principally at Prime Focus, London with additional conversion work by Framestore. Prime Focus’s supervisor was Richard Baker. Filming began in London in May 2011. Although the first trailer has audible explosions in it, Cuarón has confirmed that scenes in space will be silent: “They put in explosions [in the trailer]. As we know, there is no sound in space. In the film, we don’t do that.”
The film score to Gravity is composed by Steven Price. A soundtrack album will be released digitally on September 17, 2013 and in physical formats on October 1, 2013 by WaterTower Music. On September 5, 2013, a 23 minute preview of the soundtrack was released online.
Gravity will have its wide release in 3D and IMAX 3D on October 4, 2013. The film was originally scheduled to be released on November 21, 2012, before being re-scheduled for a 2013 release in order to complete extensive post-production effects work.
Gravity had its world premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival on August 28, where it received universal acclaim from critics and audiences, praising the acting, direction, screenplay, cinematography, visual effects, production design, the superb use of 3D, and Steven Price’s musical score. Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 95% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 38 reviews, with an average score of 8.7/10. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 based on reviews from critics, the film has a score of 96 (citing “universal acclaim”) based on 10 reviews.
At Variety, Justin Chang posits that the film “restores a sense of wonder, terror and possibility to the big screen that should inspire awe among critics and audiences worldwide”.
The film was praised by filmmaker James Cameron, who said, “I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time”.
The film won “Future Film Festival Digital Award” at the 2013 Venice Film Festival. Bullock was awarded with ″Best Actress Award″ at the 2013 Hollywood Film Festival, for her outstanding work in ‘Gravity’ and a stunning and emotionally layered performance that shows once again why she is one of Hollywood’s most respected and popular actresses.
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