Louis Leterrier Circling Crazy Sci-Fi Disaster Project 'Gravity'?
Check out this wild and crazy sci-fi concept. Pajiba, who is more reliable than most movie sites, is reporting that they've heard that The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier is interested in a new project called Gravity over at Universal. Now, this isn't the same Gravity that Alfonso Cuaron is developing (that Universal also passed on), instead this is a high concept disaster movie described as "The Day After Tomorrow meets Taken." Sounds epic. So what is it about? It's about a father who has to search for his lost child as the world stops spinning and Earth begins to lose its gravity. As Neo once said: whoa!
Alas, Pajiba states that "it's still in the early stages of development and nothing has been officially signed yet," but I don't think they'd bring it up if it wasn't close to happening. Leterrier oddly bolted from Warner Bros after they greenlit a Clash of the Titans sequel, leaving the coveted director's chair empty. I've heard he left because he wanted a bit of a break, as that sequel is going into production right away. But if this is his alternative, I'm not sure what to make of it. Pajiba writer Dustin Rowles starts to flip out once he considers the possibilities: "The Earth without gravity? Everything just sort of hovering around? I’m falling in love with this idea. Women wouldn’t be able to wear bras… and can you imagine mid-air boning! Hover-sex?"
That seems a little extreme for a most-likely PG-13 tentpole summer movie, but you never know. Gravity is being developing at Universal Pictures and Mark Gordon Productions (The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 BC). As crazy cool as the concept is, I feel like this is another one of those Universal projects that just won't turn out that good, despite its originality. I like Leterrier and this concept, but it's going to get butchered by Hollywood in the very worst of ways. The only other good news is that screenwriter George Nolfi (Ocean's Twelve, Bourne Ultimatum, The Adjustment Bureau) is attached as producer. So is there any potential?