Angelina Jolie passes on GRAVITY, film delayed
Apparently, no amount of love for films like Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN or CHILDREN OF MEN may be able to save Alfonso Cuaron’s next film, GRAVITY. At least not after today, if Deadline is to be believed.
The outlet is reporting that the very ambitious sci-fi flick, currently set up at Warner Brothers, has stalled, after being passed on, twice, by the film’s top name, Angelina Jolie. The film features a main female role, the lead, that has been compared to roles like Tom Hank’s turn in CAST AWAY, which in turn means that this feature would rely, almost solely, on the beautiful shoulders of Jolie.
Therefore, the studio is yearning to get a big name thespian in that lead role, and with the biggest actress in the world, Jolie, passing on the film, the project has been delayed, and will shoot next year, once Robert Downey Jr. (who will be featured in a small role in the film) shoots SHERLOCK HOLMES 2.
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Now, for those who may not remember, names have come up as possible candidates to take over the role, primarily Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively, who sent the web into a tizzy with their “fight” over the lead role. WB has talked to other obvious names such as Sandra Bullock, Naomi Watts, and Natalie Portman, along with lesser known (in comparison to the previous names) actresses like Abbie Cornish, Sienna Miller, and even Rebecca Hall.
So at this point, the film is in limbo, with the horizon looking hazy, at best. The film sounds very interesting, with a rumored 20 minute opening shot, and being a film made up of 60% CGI, you can see why the studio may be treading lightly with this project. However, in this post INCEPTION world, I highly doubt that this film will be shelved for much longer than its current delay. WB has championed interesting fair, through films like the aforementioned INCEPTION, making me think that, while Cuaron doesn’t have the name THE DARK KNIGHT attached to him, this will be no different.
However, it does grind my gears knowing that Universal is giving BATTLESHIP $200 million, and WB is scared to give Cuaron $80 million. I guess it’s the world we live in.
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