Variety reported in a September 4, 2013 story that buzz has started to build for the upcoming Alfonso Cuaron space adventure movie “Gravity” starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as two modern American astronauts who find themselves stranded in low Earth orbit when their space shuttle is destroyed and the International Space Station is heavily damaged. None other than James Cameron, whose “Avatar” and “Aliens” were well received space movies, heaped the upcoming film with fulsome praise.
“I was stunned, absolutely floored,” Cameron saaid. “I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time.”
“Gravity” has been in development for five years, having to wait until CGI technology could catch up to make the film possible. Most of the movie depicts the actors floating in space in microgravity. Previous space films had placed actors on wires to simulate microgravity. Cuaron used industrial robots to suspend and move Clooney and Bullock to simulate the illusion of weightlessness.
“Gravity” was shown at the Venice Film Festival recently to rave reviews. It opens in the United States on Oct 4, 2013.