Astonishingly, the movie “Gravity” is still doing massive box office business. That’s pretty good for a movie set in space with only two characters. An October 17, 2013 story in the Wall Street Journal suggests that, contrary to being geared to niche audiences, “Gravity” appeals to everybody.
“The film has broken box office records by appealing to young and old, men and women, art-movie fans, sci-fi geeks and evangelical Christian reviewers.”
“Gravity” also has an original premise that doesn’t depend on comic book super heroes that many in Hollywood didn’t think would work using cutting edge technology that hadn’t been tried yet.
“Few saw commercial potential in an original story about a heartbroken not-so-young doctor struggling to find the will and the means to survive following a disaster in space. The notion that the film would rely on untested technology to simulate a weightless environment, where concepts like "up" and "down" have no meaning, only heightened the uncertainty. Some of the technology called for in the screenplay hadn't been invented yet
“’This was a movie filled with terrible ideas, at least by conventional thoughts,’ said "Gravity" producer David Heyman. ‘It's an action film with a woman in the starring role. It's just two characters, with one alone for an hour. She's behind a visor for half the film. Those all supposedly don't work.’”
Hollywood being the most imitative industry on the planet, it is likely inevitable that the premise of a near future or present day space adventure movie is likely going to see a revival in the near future. Studio suits are likely already looking at ideas for movies that will capture the “Gravity” magic. As in the past, some will be good, some terrible, and maybe a few will be wonderful.