Star Wars, Marvel And The 5 Films Gravity Is Forcing To Step Up Their Game

By Sean O'Connell 2013-10-09 15:16:15discussion comments
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Weíve been banging the drum loudly for Alfonso Cuaronís Gravity, which is a box-office hit and a possible Oscar contender. But we found a handful of people (outside of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson) who might not be that thrilled with Cuaronís eye-popping film, which both raised the bar and threw down the gauntlet. Why are they so disgruntled?

Well, because they have science-fiction movies on the horizon, and now they are going to have to contend with Gravity comparisons. No matter what happens, at least in the short term, movies set in or around outer space are going to be compared to Gravity. ďSure, it looks OK, but itís not Gravity.Ē Unfair? Maybe. But itís reality. So what are the five upcoming sci-fi projects that should be a little bit concerned by the success of Cuaronís Gravity? Letís discuss.

Star Wars: Episode VII
J.J. Abrams has more than enough to worry about when it comes to Episode VII. Heís attempting to please a disgruntled fan base that has been griping (loudly) since The Phantom Menace landed in theaters with a digital thud. Heís shepherding the most scrutinized film in pre-production at the moment. And heís trying to rescue a lost franchise with what heís promising to be practical effects and a sense of ďreality.Ē Now heís looking at the reality Cuaronís creating on screen, the seamless recreation of outer space, which doesnít look like Lucasí shiny digital worlds. It looks like Gravity was actually filmed in the stratosphere. If Iím Abrams, Iím calling Cuaronís technical team and asking for assistance Ö immediately.
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