All the Ways Hollywood Tried to Ruin GRAVITY

TVWriter™ isn’t a film site. Oh no, no, no, no, no. We’re committed to TV.

But we’re also committed to excellence, and the following article is a look into a Most Excellent little film you might’ve heard of called GRAVITY and how so many things that could’ve totally screwed it up…didn’t.

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by Meredith Woerner

Gravity took nearly four (and a half) years to make. That means for four years, Alfonso Cuarón had to deflect a lot of not-so-great ideas from the studio that had invested millions into his risky endeavor. Thanks to our exclusive interview with the director, we now know what some of those crappy ideas were.

Warning: Spoilers below, for people who haven’t seen Gravity yet.

Gravity is actually kind of a huge destruction porn movie. Everything blows up.

Alfonso Cuarón: Yep.

Did you have to fight for the film to be more of a small, character-focused piece? Instead of focusing on all of the destruction?

When we set up to write the script, it was about that. What we were trying to do was a film about adversity and the possible outcome of a rebirth. All of things that fall apart metaphorically, and in the life of this woman.

So there was no pressure anytime from anyone to focus more on the destruction and less on the characters?

When you go into the process, yes, there are a lot of ideas. People start suggesting other stuff. “You need to cut to Houston, and see how the rescue mission goes. And there is a ticking clock with the rescue mission. You have to do flashbacks with the backstory.” But we were very clear that this was the film that we wanted to make.

I can’t imagine this movie leaving [the main character’s POV]. But I understand people pitch things. So what was the weirdest suggestion that you heard on how to change Gravity?

This is the thing, you will always hear voices. With making a film it’s like trying to create a tune in the shower, while you have a hundred people singing around you. You have to focus yourself in on the tune that you’re trying to create. Because you have hundreds of people singing different songs at the same time around you. There’s always that.

The whole thing of the flashbacks. A whole thing with… a romantic relationship with the Mission Control Commander, who is in love with her. All of that kind of stuff. What else? To finish with a whole rescue helicopter, that would come and rescue her. Stuff like that.

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