George Clooney Talks Cuarón's 'Gravity', Makes a '2001' Comparison
One of my most highly anticipated films in the next few years is Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, the high concept 3D sci-fi film from the director of Children of Men, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Not only is it a space thriller about a sole astronaut floating home through space, but I've heard it has more of Cuarón's stunningly intricate long takes, including an opening shot that might be up to 20 minutes long. While we're still waiting to see anything from the film yet, USA Today caught up with Clooney recently, and got him to say a few things on the record about the project and how amazingly unique it will be. Read on!
For a recap on what Gravity is about, let's just start pulling Clooney's quotes. "A satellite blows up and space junk causes damage. We go out in space suits, and she and I are tethered together, floating through space." But it's not really a buddy movie, as we've heard, but without spoiling anything, I'll just include this: "[Bullock] is the lead," he says. "And she is beautiful in it. We have known each for way over 20 years. It's fun to work with her." I can't wait to see more, anything, even a photo in their spacesuits would be awesome. As for that 2001: A Space Odyssey comparison, here's his other quote on Gravity mentioning it:
"It's a two-hander with only two actors in the whole film," he says. "It is a very odd film, really. Two people in space. No monsters. It's more like 2001 than an action film."
Sounds exactly like what I'm expecting it to be, but very interesting nonetheless. When I spoke with Clooney a few months ago, he told me he had filmed his role in this earlier in May, so filming is finished at this point. But because it was mostly blue/green screen, they're now working on all of the effects and CG for more than a year before its November 21st, 2012 release. "It is the first time I've been in 3-D and, hopefully, the last time," Clooney says. Ouch, take that 3D. He explains why we haven't seen much from it yet: "It's not near ready yet. They just showed the first cut to the studio." With this timeline, that sounds about right, but I'm hoping we'll see a trailer/teaser/poster by the end of this year at least. I'll definitely keep an eye out for it.