‘Gravity’ And The Spielberg Effect: How Sandra Bullock Got Stranded In Space

Alfonso Cuarón explains what took so darn long to follow up 'Children of Men.'

SAN DIEGO — After years of waiting for the next movie from the director of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Children of Men” Alfonso Cuarón, we are just months away from “Gravity,” the space-set thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, but with the film still shrouded in mystery, fans are eager to know more about it.

When Cuarón stopped by MTV Comic-Con Live, he offered fans a better idea of what a “Sandra Bullock stranded in space” movie will be like. Based on the “Gravity” trailer, perhaps the easiest comparison in mainstream film that people can make is to Tom Hanks in “Cast Away,” but as Cuarón explain, “Gravity” will be much more suspenseful.

“The difference with ‘Cast Away’ is that ‘Cast Away,’ which I love, is a drama,” Cuarón said. “Here, the tone is more of suspense. The character is in constant danger, all the time from the get-go. In many ways, the model was more ‘Duel’ of Spielberg than ‘Cast Away.’ ”

The reason behind the high anticipation for “Gravity” likely comes from equal parts fan reverence to Cuarón and the four-plus years they’ve had to wait for it. After “Gravity” missed its original November 2012 release date, there was a concern that we would never see it, but Cuarón explained that it was the project’s lofty ambitions that got in the way.

“Everything was a big miscalculation, because you’re writing the screenplay and thinking of cool things that you’re going to do, and then the problem is that you have to make it happen,” Cuarón said. “We realized that the existent technology was not going to make it, so we needed to create new technology. That’s the reason it took four and a half years for us to make the thing.”

Writer/editor for MTV. If it involves cowboys, spies, or hitmen, I'm there. All three would be ideal.
@KPSull