When it came out last year, Gravity was an immediate critical and box office success. Now it's up for 10 Academy Awards, and The Atlantic's film critic predicts Alfonso Cuarón will take home the Oscar for best director.
The film's popularity drew on the star power of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, spectacular views of the Earth from above that would make even the most skeptical believe in the Overview Effect, and thrilling collision sequences that sent space junk flying at audience’s faces in physically inaccurate but terrifying 3D.
Regardless of what happens Sunday, it’s high time that Hollywood start thinking about a sequel. For what is a big-budget blockbuster if not part of a franchise? Luckily, the makings of a sequel were tidily—and tantalizingly briefly—introduced in the first movie.
It’s not good. Most of our systems are going down. Debris chain reaction is out of control and rapidly expanding. Multiple sats are now down and they keep on falling.
Define “multiple” sats.
Most of them. Telecommunications systems are gone. […]
Half of North America just lost their Facebook.
This moment forms the basis of the idea for my sequel to Gravity that takes place on the planet below, imagining what happens to the rest of humankind while those realistically beautiful astronauts are up in space confronting mortality and channeling Barbarella.