Inside Movies is a series of video conversations hosted by screenwriter Daniel Hardy in conversation with various people from within the film industry. This series looks to offer an insider’s perspective—and an absurdly geeky passion for film —as all manner of current movie-related topics are discussed.
Our first guest, director Rupert Wyatt , has been Daniel’s co-writer of many years—whose 2008 debut movie The Escapist began both of their careers, with Rupert going on to make the well-received blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes. In this segment, they discuss Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and the death of the medium-budget movie in current Hollywood.
And in case you ever find your self drifting off into space, we recommend packing the best medium-budget movie ever: The Godfather. Original budget $1 Million. Actual Budget $6.2 Million. Of course we’d bring the Audible Version, because if you clinging to life, how will you hold on the book?
Gravity, director Alfonso Cuarón’s new sci-fi chiller, a follow-up to the ambitious dystopian fable Children of Men, stars Sandra Bullock. Also George Clooney, and some pretty special effects, but mostly Sandra Bullock. Apparently the role—which both Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman backed out of—involves floating in space alone for much of the film’s run time. Embrace your dread of the cosmic beyond with a heart-stopping new trailer below.
Perhaps since it’s such an unusual premise—no aliens, just astronauts dealing with the physics of the universe under exceedingly bad conditions—Warner Bros. has been a bit cagey about this film, which looked in danger of not getting made several times, moving the release from last fall to this October. But for all the rarified plot mechanics it promises, Gravity doesn’t look like it’s made for the academic. Just because the opening take is 17 minutes long doesn’t mean it won’t scare you silly with its balletic grace.
An accident hundreds of miles above the planet, and the fight to survive thereafter. Could it be 2001: A Space Odyssey for the adrenaline junkie generation? Or just Open Water among the ring of debris orbiting earth? Either way, we’ve learned to trust Cuarón’s masterful instincts, wherever in the solar system they take us.
One could argue convincingly that Alfonso Cuarón is the most talented filmmaker working in Hollywood. Though underrated when it came out, Children of Men eventually took its rightful place as one of the best movies of the aughts, a modern classic. Cuarón’s entry to the Harry Potter pantheon, The Prisoner of Azkaban, is also widely considered to be the best in that entire series. And Y Tu Mamá También, well, watch it. But Cuarón hasn’t made a feature film since 2006’s CoM, a hiatus that’s only added to his mystique. That changes next year with the release of Gravity, his long-gestating sci-fi picture starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Yesterday, one of Cuarón’s close friends and collaborators upped the anticipation factor with some tantalizing words.
Speaking to MTV, Guillermo Del Toro called Gravity, about an astronaut (Bullock) trying to find her way back to earth after a disaster, “completely mind-blowing.” According to him, Cuarón and his team traveled the James Cameron route and invented their own technology to shoot revolutionary anti-gravity scenes, which Del Toro thinks will “forever change certain types of productions.” You’ll recall that Children of Men featured several how-did-he-do-it single-shot sequences (like this one) that at the time were pretty groundbreaking. The last time a visionary sci-fi filmmaker took forever to make his next movie, James Cameron (who Cuarón consulted on this film) gave us Avatar. So color us blue with excitement. Del Toro’s full comments are below.