Seven years have passed since director Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-nominated science fiction thriller Children of Men hit theaters. In that time, the Mexican filmmaker has helmed a couple of documentary shorts, but anticipation has continued to build for his next feature-length project.

The film, an ambitious science fiction project called Gravity – starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney – was originally intended for release in November of last year but was delayed for undisclosed reasons. The move was a surprising one, considering the positive buzz that already begun to swirl around the project. Now, moviegoers looking forward to see Cuarón’s latest (and the film’s 17-minute opening shot) finally know when to start lining up at their local theater.

According to the Twitter account for box office analyst Exhibitor Relations, Gravity will hit theaters this fall. Here’s the complete tweet:

Although release dates are always subject to change, Gravity would then open on a crowded weekend, directly facing off against Robert Rodriguez’s long-awaited Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Vince Vaughn comedy The Delivery Man, and the 3D re-release of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, according to IMDB. Needless to say, opening such an ambitious film against these heavyweights may not be the wisest move for Warner Bros., the studio behind Gravity.

With two Oscar winners leading its cast and a celebrated filmmaker behind it, Gravity could easily become a critical darling and even an awards favorite. However, an October 4th release could limit its box office take, as it would be competing with films that share a similar audience.

A better strategy might be to open the film in limited release and gradually expand to build word-of-mouth, though this is purely speculation. And who knows? Perhaps Gravity will shift its release schedule once more.

Are you looking forward to Gravity? Let us know in the comments.

Gravity is scheduled to hit theaters on October 4th, 2013.

Source: Exhibitor Relations