June 26, 2017

‘Gravity’ And The Spielberg Effect: How Sandra Bullock Got Stranded In Space

SAN DIEGO-- After years of waiting for the next movie from the director of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and "Children of Men" Alfonso Cuarón, we are just months away from "

When Cuarón stopped by MTV Comic-Con Live, he offered fans a better idea of what a "Sandra Bullock stranded in space" movie will be like. Based on the "Gravity" trailer, perhaps the easiest comparison in mainstream film that people can make is to Tom Hanks in "Castaway," but as Cuarón explain, "Gravity" will be much more suspenseful.

"The difference with 'Castaway' is that 'Castaway,' which I love, is a drama," Cuarón said. "Here, the tone is more of suspense. The character is in constant danger, all the time from the get-go. In many ways, the model was more 'Duel' of Spielberg than 'Castaway.' "

The reason behind the high anticipation for "Gravity" likely comes from equal parts fan reverence to Cuarón and the four-plus years they've had to wait for it. After "Gravity" missed its original November 2012 release date, there was a concern that we would never see it, but Cuarón explained that it was the project's lofty ambitions that got in the way.

"Everything was a big miscalculation, because you're writing the screenplay and thinking of cool things that you're going to do, and then the problem is that you have to make it happen," Cuarón said. "We realized that the existent technology was not going to make it, so we needed to create new technology. That's the reason took four and a half years for us to make the thing."

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