I’ve been receiving a number of emails from readers, congratulating me on the new movie GRAVITY, which they believe is based on my book with the same title. The film is slated to go into production next year, to be director by Alfonso Cuaron from a script written by his son. Here’s a description of the Cuaron project:
“‘Gravity’ will highlight a female astronaut’s efforts to return home to Earth and her daughter as she is stranded on a space station after satellite debris slams into it and wipes out the rest of the crew.”
And here’s the description of my book, Gravity, which was published in 1999:
From Publishers Weekly
Gerritsen (Bloodstream) meshes medical suspense and the world of space travel in another nail-biting tale of genetic misadventure. Much of this scary thriller is set aboard the International Space Station, where a team of six astronauts suddenly find themselves threatened by a virulent biohazard… As astronaut Emma Watson, the station’s onboard doctor, struggles to fight the outbreak, her colleagues are dying one by one. .. (until) Watson is the only one left alive…
Two tales about a lone female astronaut trapped aboard a space station and struggling to get home. Both are titled GRAVITY.
But the movie has absolutely no connection to my book. At least, not that anyone’s told me about. (Mr. Cuaron, feel free to email me!)
I have to admit, these coincidences do happen sometimes. And here are some other coincidences:
When the film rights to my book GRAVITY were sold (they’re held by 20th Century Fox) the studio hired a fine screenwriter named Michael Goldenberg to adapt the book to film. Goldenberg was also the screenwriter who wrote “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”
Alfonso Cuaron also has a Harry Potter connection. He directed “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”
Finally, there’s David Heyman, who’s the producer of Cuaron’s “Gravity.” He was also the producer of BOTH “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” So he knows both Cuaron and Goldenberg.
It’s a small world out in Hollywood. I can’t help but wonder if the name “Gravity”, and “lone female astronaut trapped aboard space station” ever came up in conversation among the three of them!