CinemaCon: Warner Bros Shows Short Teaser for Cuaron's 'Gravity'
by Alex Billington
April 16, 2013
In the immortal words of Neo: whoa. Warner Bros hosted "The Big Picture 2013" preview presentation at CinemaCon tonight in Las Vegas, unveiling the brand new Man of Steel trailer as well as some amazing Pacific Rim footage and fantastic glimpses at a few of their other 2013 movies. One that I've been waiting to see footage from for years is Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, his next feature following Children of Men. In the middle of their preview, they snuck in a quick 60 second teaser that was breathtaking and stunning to see, though I'm not sure when it will ever end up online. That said, this is still one of my most anticipated sci-fis.
Following the Warner Bros presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm and I met for a quick video blog, discussing thoughts on the Gravity footage and Man of Steel trailer (seen here).
It's hard to really comment on only 60 seconds of Gravity, because all I wanted is to see more and more. The film involves two astronauts working on a space station, when a meteor shower destroys everything, knocking them floating into space. We got to see a brief glimpse of the space station orbiting above Earth as well as the accident, and some of the shots of Sandra Bullock being knocked away. Breathtaking is truly the best kind of word to use for this footage, but I would even go so far as to compare some of the shots we saw to Kubrick's seminal 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not that it will be that revolutionary (because how much ever is anymore?) but mostly that Cuarón's is at that level of incredible sci-fi cinema in visuals and storytelling.
I really wish this footage, or some marketing, some tease, was online and publicly available. This film has the potential be embraced by the sci-fi community in a huge way and I'm a bit surprised Warner Bros hasn't shown anything at all yet. This was the first glimpse of any footage I've seen and it still remains one of the few sci-fi movies coming up that I believe will define the new sci-fi era. It was a brief clip and I don't want to overhype it with the 2001 comparison, but this isn't the first time that comparison has been made, and I believe it may be accurate at least in regards to the cinematic experience. That's it for WB at CinemaCon '13.