Writer-director has been what you might call under the radar for the past few years. The past seven years, actually: His last feature-length film was 2006's Children of Men and before that, 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Your first thought, much like mine, was probably, Oh my God, has it really been that long?
But he is back in the saddle with the upcoming space thriller Gravity, starring and . The film was supposed to have been released last year, but had to be sent back for more VFX work. As the film is being lauded as the next Avatar, in terms of its groundbreaking, stunning visual effects, that makes sense.
The trailer is being released tomorrow. So what do we have for you today? Well, incredibly brief snippets of video, but video, nonetheless. Considering we've been waiting for this for years, at least it's something, right?
Here's the official synopsis:
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). 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.
The minimalist storyline will be an interesting juxtaposition with the eye-popping visuals. The movie is being released in 3-D and 2-D in select theaters and IMAX on October 4th. Expect Warner Bros. to push it for a wider release later, though, as they try to recoup some of what I can only imagine are not insignificant costs.
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