Angelina Jolie Picks Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity Over Wanted 2
Interesting bit of news. NY Mag's Vulture is saying they've heard that Angelina Jolie has "pulled out of" Wanted 2 to star in a new space thriller from Children of Men director Alfonso Cuarón called Gravity. Cuarón apparently wrote the script with his 28-year-old son Jonás. Here's the best part - it was originally a Universal project (boo), but just now ended up at Warner Brothers (yay), where Legendary Pictures (of The Dark Knight, etc.) is now developing along with Harry Potter producer David Heyman. I have to say - this is just awesome. A space thriller from the Children of Men director with Angelina Jolie? Sounds great!
So this is where Cuarón's been all this time! Similar to Moon, Gravity will star Jolie pretty much by herself for most of the movie. She will play the sole surviving human member of a space mission, desperately trying to return home to Earth and her daughter. I love it. I love everything about this, it sounds absolutely perfect. In fact, I'm glad that she dumped Wanted 2 for this. It gives her the opportunity to stretch her acting chops (like so many actors have been doing recently) and progress her career further with an original project that's not a sequel (or a remake or a reboot or an adaptation). Let's get this made. I want to see it already. You?
Update: I feel the need to clarify a few details regarding the Wanted sequel and Jolie. Apparently it's pretty big news that Jolie left Wanted 2 because it was Universal's next big project and now it seems to be falling apart. Anne Thompson explains: "Once she turned the movie down, Universal killed the sequel—what could have been a valuable franchise for the studio." As for those wondering how should would even return, it was explained in this article that Jolie's character Fox would apparently be saved in the wax healing baths after being shot (supposedly). They figured out how to have her return, but not any more. She's headed to space!