Downey out, Clooney in for Cuaron's GRAVITY!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the continuing adventures of the casting of Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY.
From Natalie Portman being considered to Sandra Bullock being cast in this sci-fi suspense story of a female astronaut trying to get home after an accident in orbit this one has been a rollercoaster ride.
Robert Downey Jr. was attached the whole way as a supporting character, but just bailed according to THR's Heat Vision Blog, sending the project over the abyss of development hell. Looks like George Clooney may be pulling it back, rescuing the project, which is good news for all of us because that means we get a suspense flick set in space by one of the best working filmmakers out there.
So, yay for Clooney! Let's make sure this stays on track! I wanna see it!
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Dec. 16, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST
Dec. 16, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST
Well, maybe not. Bullock may save his charitable ass this time.
Dec. 16, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST
Gives some credence to him fitting well with a sci-fi-ish project. This sounds interesting. I'm excited that sci-fi and the occasional space operas are really picking up momentum in the mainstream.
Dec. 16, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST
Dec. 16, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST
let him get his ass out like he did in Solaris. Those two cheeks were exactly what the original Russian version WASN'T missing...
Dec. 16, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST
Dec. 16, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST
Oh well. It's not like I'm going to not see this. Theres about as much chance of me missing a Cuaron space movie as there is Pee Wee Herman being cast in a space movie.
Dec. 16, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST
I know a good number of critics and film fans refer to the Solaris remake as a failure, but I remember being intrigued by it. Admittedly, I think I was most intrigued by the combination of good actors being in it, the sleek yet efficient visuals, and the score. I tend to like scores that aren't exactly traditional (The Fountain, The Social Network, Fight Club, etc.), and so I'm curious if anyone recommends the score.
Dec. 16, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST
"SB belongs in a sci-fi movie about as much as Pee Wee Herman" Don't understand that. Sandra Bullock won't be in it as herself, and the movie won't be real. But she might act in it, and the sci fi movie might be pretend though.
Dec. 16, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST
Dec. 16, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST
by Ben Harrison
It's been, like, 5 years since Cuaron made CHILDREN OF MEN. Can't wait to see what he follows it up with. I know he did that PARIS, JE T'AIME short, but I meant feature-length follow up.
Dec. 16, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST
the Solaris score is amazing.
Dec. 16, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST
Granted I'd love for him to take on a comic series. DMZ perhaps?
Dec. 16, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST
The Script on this is so good! Clooney will be aces in Cuaron's GRAVITY!
Dec. 16, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST
Solaris is pretty decent, actually. It doesn't quite have the depth or brilliance of the original, or something like 2001, though it tries mightily to replicate both. It sometimes succeeds, but mostly falls just a little short. The score is absolutely amazing. It's one of the most inventive film scores of last decade. Many of the areas where the film really succeeds owe a huge debt to the score. Overall, I give the film a 7/10. <BR><BR>So, when the fuck did that talentless hack Bullock get attached to Gravity? That really just ruins the film for me. Hopefully Clooney will push Cuaron to find someone better. Either way, I'll see anything Cuaron makes after Children of Fucking Men. Pretty much the same goes for Clooney after Solaris, Good Night and Good Luck, The American, Syriana, Michael Clayton, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Intolerable Cruelty, Burn After Reading, O Brother, Three Kings, and The Thin Red Line. Seriously, can you point to many other actors who can list a resume like the one I just enumerated?
Dec. 16, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST
more Clooney... *barfs*
Dec. 16, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST
So, BR doesn't work. <P>Does P?
Dec. 16, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST
in orbit . . . with lots of close-ups, no action, and women in the audience nudging each other and saying, "I think he still has feelings for her." Cineplex is going to have to build HIS and HER sections . . . along with the SMART and PG CRAP sections.
Dec. 16, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST
is done by Cliff Martinez former Chili Peppers drummer consistent Soderbergh composer.
Dec. 16, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST
I actually like the new Talkback format Quit hatin'
Dec. 16, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST
It looks like BR needs to be in lower case for it to work. <br><br>Let's try it.
Dec. 16, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST
I see plenty of other people here using BR and P. What the fuck?
Dec. 16, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST
male actor drills holes in female actress' head to relieve pressure in her brain from alien amoebas slowly killing her...I wonder if she makes it?
Dec. 17, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST
That's all I got.
Dec. 17, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST
by Motoko Kusanagi
Dec. 17, 2010, 5:28 a.m. CST
I'm glad it's Clooney & Bullock. I mean, c'mon Natalie Portman as an astronaut? Puh-lease. And Downy is overused by this point (like Johnnie Dep). Clooney always classes up the joint.</p><p> Portman and Downy would be bad enough casting to build another MOON (A truly dull and monstrously predictable low-brow sci-fi flick).
Dec. 17, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST
or else it will blow up.
Dec. 17, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST
by Dr. Samuel Loomis
Dec. 17, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST
by Shaner Jedi
is good. Yeah, because a good script always = a great film.
Dec. 17, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST
Dec. 17, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST
"Gravity... is workin' against me"
Dec. 17, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST
He's always "that" guy. Sometimes I feel he just lucked out that Tony Stark is supposed to be "that" guy also. He's a good actor, but is he trying anymore? Same thing with Mark Wahlberg. I don't think he's a good actor. He just picks the right parts most of the time, parts that aren't far off from his own personality.
Dec. 17, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST
The Sore of SOLARIS is great and I liked the movie as well. good time watching, as well as I loved the tarkowski-version. it´s two different versions of a story and I liked them both. I even read the book and enjoyed the depth that lem was going to, but in the end, ... I´m more a "movie-guy"...
Dec. 17, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST
Now that Clooney is cast, the female lead will probably have to be a lot older now... probably Meryl fucking Streep. BLAHHHH!
Dec. 17, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST
Cuaron could cast Snookie and the Situation, and he would still make the movie brilliant. Cuaron is truly a gift to cinema.
Dec. 19, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST
Would be my preferred choice. He and Cuaron obviously have the rapport. 'Children of Men' is now, rightly, considered a classic piece of modern sci-fi.