Gravity Bullock Clooney

Ahead of the movie’s Hall H panel in Comic-Con on Saturday morning, Warner Bros. has shared a new still from Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity with showing astronauts George Clooney and Sandra Bullock enjoying a quiet moment. Call it the calm before the storm that’s soon to terrorize both of their lives.

Gravity, on the surface, seems to be an odd choice for a Comic-Con panel, let alone a massive Hall H pitch. Then again, maybe this says more to us about what kind of movie Cuaron has crafted. Prior to this, I was wondering if Gravity could contend for multiple Oscars, what with the prestigious director pushing two Oscar-winning talents through a rigorous, emotional science-fiction thriller.

And that’s not to say Gravity won't be competing come Academy Award season. Heck, Neill Blomkamp's District 9 was a well-deserved Best Picture nominee in 2009, as was James Cameron's Avatar that same year (and both had been a part of Comic-Con prior to their release). No one is saying intelligent sci-fi can’t break the Academy’s boundaries, but a Hall H panel suggests Gravity might lean a little closer to genre thrills, of which Cuaron certainly is capable. We’ll learn more when the director brings footage and analysis to San Diego later this week.

The EW story says that Cuaron and Bullock are “unconfirmed, but expected” during the event. The Warner/Legendary panel is the first one out of the gate on Saturday, and is expected to also include footage and conversations on the Godzilla reboot, 300: Rise of an Empire, Seventh Son an The LEGO Movie. Personally, I would have loved to see how Bullock’s co-star, George Clooney, could charm the Hall H masses … but the Gravity panel can pull out all of the stop and claim most of the day’s headlines by simply showing off a trailer or footage that rivals the spine-tingling chills of this clip:

From San Diego, Gravity continues its goodwill press tour by shifting into a more conventional awards season trot. As we reported earlier, Cuaron’s film – which follows a pair of astronauts stranded after a space explosion – will open this year’s Venice Film Festival. After that, it’s expected to stop at the Toronto International Film Festival and, possibly, Telluride. We’ll know a lot more about Gravity after the Hall H panel, which is sure to generate buzz. Warner Bros. will have it in theaters on October 4th. What about the new photo, though? What are your thoughts? It tells us very little, but what more do you need to know about Gravity? It’s new Cuaron. You should already be on board.

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