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Release Date Announced for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity,' Del Toro Promises Long Takes

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 16, 2013 at 1:05PM

Alfonso Cuaron's mysterious sci-fi film "Gravity," starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, has finally set a theatrical release date: October 4, 2013. And it promises to continue the long-take strategy Cuaron pursued on stylistically innovative "Children of Men," which did not set the box office on fire.
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Alfonso Cuaron's mysterious sci-fi film "Gravity," starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, has finally set a theatrical release date: October 4, 2013. And it promises to continue the long-take strategy Cuaron pursued on stylistically innovative "Children of Men," which did not set the box office on fire.

ShowBizCafe sat down briefly with Cuaron's fellow Three Amigos friend and Cha Cha Cha partner Guillermo del Toro in December, asking him for intel on the movie. Del Toro said of the film:

"I'm not sure if it's going to revolutionize the film industry, but it pushes abundantly the limits of narrative structure. It has an opening sequence that is very long, the first third of the film is practically a single camera shot. Alfonso achieves this so smoothly. It's a movie that has you… it had me at the edge of my seat the whole time. I saw it as a friend, I saw it incomplete, as always, we exchange critiques, commentary, and I hope to see it again soon."

Cuaron's first feature film since 2006's "Children of Men," "Gravity" was initially scheduled to hit theaters this past November, but was indefinitely delayed. However, the 2013 October release bodes well for the film -- that's prime Oscar season, and Warner Bros. must like it enough to think it has awards potential. The film will be rated PG-13.

Here's a plot synopsis from ShowBizCafe:

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth...and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.