Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year and has been receiving major buzz since the release of its teaser trailer in May. But getting this potential Oscar vehicle made even with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney was not easy.
The film follows Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with experienced astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) on his last mission before retiring. Disaster strikes and the pair find themselves alone, out in space and tethered to nothing but one another with seemingly no hope for rescue.
Gravity, with an estimated $80 million budget, was originally at Universal and moved to Warner Bros, where it went through multiple male and female leads before Sandra Bullock and George Clooney signed on. After filming began in May 2011, several details about the film have been released ranging from a rumored 17-20 minute long uninterrupted opening shot and how Cuaron had Bullock and Clooney wear no makeup during filming to the fact that Cuaron used new technology to make the film.
At Comic-Con, Cuaron opened up about another problem that came up when developing the film: people had problems that he had a female lead.
When I finished the script, there were voices that were saying, 'well, we should change it to a male lead.' Obviously they were not powerful enough voices, because we got away with it. But the sad thing is that there is still that tendency.
The elephant in the room is that roles or women haven't been as vast and many as the men have. But I do feel that there is a definite shift that has happened. In the end it's about making money, and if studios see that a female can bring in audiences, they're going to make movies with that person, and hopefully that will become the norm.