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More details on Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity with Robert Downey Jr.

06.16.2010

We haven't heard a whole lot about Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY so far, but that's about to change. The sci-fi flick which stars Robert Downey Jr. now has some details attached it.

The Playlist discovered a post on UK special effects company Framestore’s site that has a bunch of info about the project which they have apparently just landed.

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 is 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.

Sounds a lot like SUNSHINE to me, which is awesome, because I love SUNSHINE and similarly well-made sci-fi movies (MOON would be another, even SOLARIS has its moments). 60% CGI seems a bit heavy as this must be one epic spaceship they’re in if they can’t just build a set for it. And how about that 20 minute opening shot? Suck it CHILDREN OF MEN!

Can’t wait to see some shots and a trailer from this, it sounds like it’s going to be a pretty badass flick when it’s done.

Extra Tidbit: Get Clint Mansell to score this.
Source: The Playlist

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