It kicked off one of the most high-powered casting calls in Hollywood history: Every actress worth her salt wanted the lead role in Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi disaster movie, including Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Marion Cotillard. It's going to look unlike any other sci-fi movie before it.
So why has Gravity been bumped off the release schedule?
Gravity was supposed to open on Nov. 21, 2012, which would seem to be the perfect slot for a big-budget genre flick whose stars, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, could also score Oscar nominations. But on Monday, Warner Bros. announced that Gravity was being pushed to an "unscheduled 2013" release date.
No one seems sure of the why, though it may have something to do with a recent test screening that divided the audience, some calling it a masterpiece while others labelled it the "worst movie ever." Here's the official plot synopsis:
Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, 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.
It seems like it'll be a while before we get to see Gravity and judge for ourselves whether it's the Children of Men director's best film yet or something we should cast out an airlock.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)