Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' Falls in October

Alfonso CuaronFor a long time an October 18 release date was rumored for Alfonso Cuaron's long-awaited Gravity, a film I placed #3 on my list of Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2013. Where the date came from no one really knows, but it wasn't too far off as an official date of October 4 has now been set for the sci-fi feature starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. The question now is, Is that anticipation worth it?

The date suggests we may be looking at a Toronto Film Festival debut in September followed by an October release date. While an October release wouldn't normally sound too enticing, this October is already looking stacked, and doing so beyond traditional horror fare. Films such as Spike Lee's Oldboy remake and Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips both hit theaters on October 11 and on October 25 comes Edgar Wright's The World's End.

Gravity bounced around the 2012 release date, landing in November and then getting bumped to early 2013 before becoming undated altogether. Let's hope this new date actually sticks as it would nice to see some studio confidence in the feature and have them start building a marketing campaign around it.

As for the story, here's the most recent plot synopsis:

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. 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.

Back in August 2011, filmmaker and friend of Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro, spoke a little about Gravity and said, "Alfonso and [cinematographer] Emmanuel Lubezki are absolutely pushing a new boundary in filmmaking, and completely mind-blowing... The way they're making that movie, I think, will forever change certain types of productions. The engineering and ingenuity of the machines they created to film that way is fantastic."

Word back then was the film would be comprised of 60% CGI and the opening was to be a single shot intended to last at least 20 minutes.

I can feel myself getting excited all over again.

  • Ben

    I hope this is true . Can't wait for this to come out. Def. a top 5 most anticipated.

  • Kessler

    One of my most anticipated movies as well. I have a feeling this could be similar to Cloud Atlas in it's ambition and in the sense that everyone might have a different reaction to it. Either way, this is one that I'm definitely excited to see.

  • 0Freeman.

    Sounds very interesting. I've been wanting to see this for awhile now, glad it finally has on official date. Hopefully the release will stick. I was wondering Brad if your going to review Broken City this weekend?

  • AS

    I will believe it when I see it.

  • Criterion10

    Hopefully this date will actually stick. Looking forward to the film regardless, although that statistic of 60% CGI does scare me a little...

    • Disco Paco

      Hopefully it's the good kind. The Zodiac kind.

  • GregDinskisk

    I started reading the script for this one recently, and it's incredible... Definitely one to look out for! I hope it's as good as the screenplay....

    • Xarnis

      Where did you find the script? I would be interested in reading it.

      • GregDinskisk

        I found it online a bit ago. It probably has changed, saying as it's dated November 2, 2009... I can email it to you if you want!

        • Xarnis

          Sure, I'll give it a read.

          • GregDinskisk

            Alrighty! Hope you enjoy it, I did!

  • Xarnis

    I REALLY want to see this film. I hope it doesn't disappoint.

  • Dale

    Cuaron is one of the best directors working today, so I'm sure this will be quite extraordinary.

  • Winchester

    Let's see if it stays there first.

  • Christophe

    Will we finally get some SciFi action at the Oscars??? I guess not, if 2001, Close Encounters and A.I. couldn't make the cut, I doubt Gravity can.

  • Corbin

    Hopefully, this is a permanent date.

  • Bradley

    I hope Bullock is as good as early reports suggest.

  • SmartFilm

    Can't wait. This was my number one most anticipated.

  • Paul Thind

    The opening shot is going to become known as "The Shot".

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  • JAB

    Cuaron & Greengrass films in the same month? Christmas arrives 2 months early this year for cinema lovers.