Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity to Start Production This Year; 3-D Movie Will Be 60% CGI
Posted 06.16.10 by BrentJS
Fans have been waiting months for any word about director Alfonso Cuarón's (Children of Men) 3-D space thriller, Gravity. Originally set to star Angelina Jolie, the plot was modified to accommodate a male lead when Robert Downey Jr. stepped in after Jolie abruptly dropped out. Now, Deadline is reporting that Gravity will begin filming this year, but that Downey, Jr. will have to take a break in the middle of production to shoot Sherlock Holmes 2.
While the Deadline article doesn't reveal much more, Framestore, the Oscar-winning U.K. effects company behind the visuals in The Golden Compass, Avatar, and Clash of the Titans, has updated its website to announce it's working on Gravity and that the movie will be "60% CG" animation.
The full posting on Framestore's website also includes some plot details and describes the opening sequence as a "long and fluid" shot lasting "at least 20 minutes," which sounds really interesting.
Framestore is about to embark on one of its greatest challenges yet, Gravity is the next Avatar in terms of ambition. There are many innovative and visually stunning aims for this project.
The entire film will be made here at Framestore. In effect the film, as Avatar was, is 60% CG feature animation with the balance being hybrid CG and live action elements.
Starring Robert Downey Junior, the film is a contemporary survival thriller that follows a woman as she attempts to make her way back to earth after a satellite crash sets off a chain reaction of further crashes. Because it’s set in space, most shots require every element to float in zero-gravity.
But then factor in that this a stylish Cuarón flick, directed with his trademark languid feel, and you begin to realise the full scale of our challenge. Cuarón’s long and fluid style (the opening shot alone is slated to last at least 20 minutes) leaves no cut points to hide behind. In short, this is a hybrid of a fully animated, photo-real feature film with a blockbusting visual effects movie.
Fortunately, having worked with Alfonso before on Harry Potter and Children of Men, we know one another extremely well. Now we are looking for the best talent in the world to help us realise this massive and beautiful film. Over the next few weeks we are interviewing and looking at reels of those in-house who want to join in as well as making trips to the US, Canada and Australasia.
This is CG feature animation meets real world on a large and beautiful scale.
Gravity was written by Cuarón and his 28-year-old son, Jonás. David Heyman (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) of Legendary Pictures is producing Gravity for Warner Bros.