March 1, 2019
by admin / Ad Astra

From space opera to classical opera, that’s the trajectory of filmmaker James Gray over the next 12 months. His new sci-fi epic, Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt as a man who travels through the solar system in search of his father, is currently slated to open May 24 — and, he hopes, could be preceded by a premiere at Cannes — and then he will step behind the scenes at Los Angeles Opera to direct a new version of the Mozart classic, The Marriage of Figaro, which will bow in June, 2020.

“My job, I think, honestly, is to do as little harm as possible to this magnificent creation, get my ego out of the way and not have it be me rethinking Mozart. To me, that’s folly,” Gray tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s my job to build on what is magical and great about Mozart and not screw it up.”

Gray has competed for Cannes’ Palme d’Or on four consecutive films dating to his sophomore effort, The Yards, through his 2013 film, The Immigrant. Will he get to the Cote d’Azur again this spring?

So, will Ad Astra bow at Cannes?

We’re trying, we’re certainly hopeful. The issue is a little bit out of our hands because the shots come in from the VFX houses and right now our delivery date is late April, early May, which is really, really cutting it close. You want your visual effects to be so good that nobody thinks about them, that people don’t think of them as visual effects. We have hopes, but the whole team, Plan B and Brad [Pitt] and, thankfully, New Regency, have been fantastic through this. We’re all just anxious to put out the very best movie, and whether we actually get to make Cannes on May 18 — or whatever the hell the day is — is of secondary concern to getting the film to look exactly right. And I’ve been wonderfully blessed with great support from them. That’s where the focus is now and we’re just sort of keeping our fingers crossed.

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December 11, 2018
by admin / Ad Astra

 James Gray speaks during the opening ceremony of the Marrakech International Film Festival, in Marrakech, Morocco, 30 November 2018

While at Marrakech Film Festival to preside the jury, James Gray talked about his next film, “Ad Astra,” and shared thoughts on festivals, Netflix and Harvey Weinstein, among other topics.

Gray said he was in the middle of the editing process on “Ad Astra,” a science-fiction film with Brad Pitt, with more than 600 shots to review. “We’re far from finished,” said Gray.

The director pointed out the film was initially scheduled for a release in January and is now set for a May 21 bow.

“I’ve been very insistent because I didn’t want to be up against a release date,” said Gray, who added that he was aware of the fact that “science fiction films (often) have a number of shots that don’t look very good.” He said Pitt was great in the film and “has put a lot of personal commitment” into the movie.

The current release date of “Ad Astra” hints to a world premiere at Cannes Film Festival, which would mark Gray’s return to the Croisette after “The Immigrant,” which premiered in competition there in 2013 and got panned by critics.

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October 28, 2018
by admin / Ad Astra

James Gray’s sci-fi feature “Ad Astra” has been pushed back four months and will now open May 24th 2019. Despite being under three months away, no media materials from the film have been released (beyond the above pic) making such a delay easy.

Brad Pitt plays an autistic space engineer travelling through the solar system to find his missing father and understand why his mission failed. Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga and Donald Sutherland co-star.

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September 19, 2018
by admin / Ad Astra

20th Century Fox has unveiled our first look at Brad Pitt in Ad Astra, the upcoming sci-fi thriller from The Lost City of Z director James Gray. Although the film is scheduled to be released in January of next year, some awards season columnists have begun speculating that it could be a surprise, last-minute addition to this year’s race.

The film, which was written by Gray and Ethan Gross, follows space engineer Roy McBride (Pitt) as he travels through the solar system to find his father (Tommy Lee Jones) who left on a one-way mission to the planet of Neptune more than 20 years ago in order to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence.

While promoting City of Z last year, Gray said that Ad Astra would resemble Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novella Heart of Darkness, a frame narrative about Charles Marlow’s experience as an ivory transporter down the Congo River in Central Africa.

In addition to starring in the film, Pitt is also producing along with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner and RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeria, Keep Your Head Productions’ Anthony Katagas, and Gray.

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January 28, 2018


• x017 Misc – 1988.
• x004 Misc – 1989.
• x006 Premieres – 1988, 2015 & 2017.
• x002 Cutting Class.
• x002 A River Runs Through It.
• x002 Ad Astra.

December 27, 2017



• x006 November 17 – Hollywood, CA.
• x015 Ad Astra On set: Los Angeles, CA (10/26/17).
• x001 Ad Astra Other.
• x015 July 22 – FYF Fest, Los Angeles, CA.
• x002 The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert.
• x008 November 29 – MIT Media Lab – Boston, MA.
• x003 December 01 – OptiMystic: A Pop Up Gallery Exhibit.
• x006 December 02 – Chris Rock Blackout Tour – Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks also Vaska! Lots more soon!