Guillermo Del Toro Says Alfonso Cuarón's Plans For 'Gravity' Are 5 Years Ahead Of Its Time

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 15, 2011 8:03 AM
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Filmmaker Also Says Cuaron Has Consulted James Cameron & David Fincher



We're not going to recount the long journey Alfonso Cuarón has taken to get "Gravity" made, but needless to say after original lead actress Angelina Jolie bailed, the film seemed on the verge of collapsing before Sandra Bullock stepped in. The picture then looked like it might be dashed against the rocks when co-star Robert Downey Jr. had to exit the project to film “The Avengers,” but then George Clooney came aboard to rescue it in late 2010. Well, with the film now in production with a release date set for late next year, it's now a matter of seeing if the all the drama and waiting will be worth the hype, and according to Guillermo Del Toro, it will be.

The director/producer recently sat down with MTV during rounds for "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark" and teased about the epic scope of his friend's film. Revealing that he put Cuarón in touch with James Cameron regarding some of the technical aspects of the film, he said, "Jim said, well you know, look, you're about five years into the future. When Jim said that it's too early to try anything that crazy, they did it [anyway]." Del Toro goes to hint that Cuarón and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki have come up with their own tools and equipment to facilitate the shoot, but of course he can't quite talk about what the filmmakers are doing that will push envelope -- though he does hint we'll soon find out.

Of course, the ambitious scope of the project is nothing new. Last summer it was revealed the film will be hugely-CGI heavy, with comparisons from a technical standpoint being made to "Avatar," with reports saying that "Gravity" will be a 60% CG feature animation with a 20-minute opening shot. We presume that has something to do with the limits Del Toro says Cuarón and company are pushing.

"[They're] absolutely pushing a new boundary in filmmaking, completely mindblowing. And the way they're making that movie will, I think, forever change certain types of productions," Del Toro enthused. "I'm amazed at Alfonso the past few movies because he's completely transformed himself. ['Gravity' is] incredibly well-calculated. Very human, if you know the story," he also added. So then, here's the plot: The film is an ambitious, mostly one-character piece set on a remote space station. During an expedition outside the station, only the team leader (Clooney) and his female colleague (Bullock) are left alive after an exploding satellite kills the other members of the crew, setting off a desperate race home for the latter to get to her child.

As simple and straightforward as it seems on paper, in execution is appears it will be anything but. Despite production already being underway, it seems the set is under some serious lock and key as nothing at all has leaked (yet). And there are certainly big plans for the movie as it's already set for a prime November 21, 2012 release date.

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10 Comments

  • Ian | August 22, 2011 3:08 AMReply

    I think we've seen from their prior work already / that these guys play by completely different rules. So whatever they're working on, you can count on it probably being much closer to actually 'changing cinema' than their American counterparts.

  • Tom | August 16, 2011 9:35 AMReply

    I can't wait to see Bullock in this role.

    I think she will be so engaging and strong on screen.

  • Glass | August 16, 2011 4:09 AMReply

    Hang on...WHAT?? The whole movie will now be one shot, and not just the first 20 minutes? Rad...?...!

  • McRaj | August 16, 2011 3:40 AMReply

    Also, this from "Prairie_Oysters" in the Hollywood Elsewhere comments:

    "An innovation (maybe not THE innovation) of the shoot is that Bullock will perform in a space where she is surrounded 360 degrees by LED light panels that project a pre-animated sequence of stars, the sun, the earth and other celestial gubbins to simulate her perpetual tumble through space. Her head will then be pasted into an entirely CG spacesuit."

  • McRaj | August 16, 2011 3:29 AMReply

    There are rumors that the film will be in real time and in filmed completely in one shot (obviously with digital trickery). That could definitely explain why people in-the-know like Del Toro and David Heyman have been giving breathless whispers of excitement about the production.

    http://scriptshadow.blogspot.com/2010/09/gravity.html

  • The Playlist | August 16, 2011 3:24 AMReply

    Can someone post the newest version of the script that's out there? A late 2010 version -- i think that's when it was dated was pretty raw, basic and needed work. It felt like a one-woman Armageddon.-type narrative.

  • TheoC | August 16, 2011 3:21 AMReply

    @sid I agree script was cracking and can see Bullock being able to pull it off.

    127 Hours meets Poseidon adventure in space? or the complete opposite of Buried?

    I'm really looking forward to it.

  • Kintaro.west | August 15, 2011 10:51 AMReply

    Damn.....another movie to add to the list "glad you got my money" fall 2012 movies.....I love the director and actor involved....and I'm still waiting for Bullock to blow me away...hopefully this is it!

  • Sid | August 15, 2011 9:44 AMReply

    Loved the script, very lean and to the bone.

    I read it 10 months ago, but 4-5 memorable moments just popped into my head.

  • [A] | August 15, 2011 8:36 AMReply

    Well, now I can't wait for it.

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