the space between us

The Space Between Us

Theatrical release poster

Directed byPeter Chelsom
Screenplay byAllan Loeb
Story by
  • Stewart Schill
  • Richard Barton Lewis
  • Allan Loeb
Produced by
  • Richard Barton Lewis
  • Gary Oldman
  • Asa Butterfield
  • Carla Gugino
  • Britt Robertson
  • B. D. Wong
  • Janet Montgomery
CinematographyBarry Peterson
Edited byDavid Moritz
Music byAndrew Lockington


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  • Huayi Brothers Pictures
  • Los Angeles Media Fund
  • Southpaw Entertainment
  • Scarlet Fire Entertainment
  • Virgin Produced
  • STXfilms
Distributed bySTXfilms

Release date

  • February 3, 2017

Running time

120 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$30 million[1]
Box office$16.08 million[1]

The Space Between Us is a 2017 American romantic science fiction film directed by Peter Chelsom and written by Allan Loeb, from a story by Stewart Schill, Richard Barton Lewis, and Loeb. The film stars Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, and Carla Gugino, and follows a teenage boy, born on Mars, who travels to tướng Earth.

Principal photography began on September 14, năm ngoái, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The film was released on February 3, 2017, by STXfilms. It received negative reviews from critics and was a box office bomb, grossing $16.08 million against its $30 million budget.[1]


Multi-billionaire Nathaniel Shepard, CEO of Genesis, launches the first mission to tướng colonize Mars. During the journey, astronaut Sarah Elliot discovers she is pregnant. She gives birth to tướng Gardner after landing on Mars, and dies shortly afterwards from eclampsia; the father is unknown. Gardner is kept on Mars as a secret; they fear a public relations disaster and returning to tướng Earth could be dangerous to tướng his health. Gardner is raised by astronaut Kendra Wyndham and the other scientists on Mars.

Sixteen years later, Gardner hacks into a robot he helped build to tướng gain access to tướng his mother's personal belongings. He finds a wedding ring and a đoạn Clip of Sarah and a man in a beach house. Convinced that the man is his father, Gardner becomes determined to tướng find him. He regularly uses an Internet chatroom to tướng talk to tướng Tulsa, a street-smart girl from Colorado living in the foster-care system. Gardner tells her he is confined to tướng a penthouse due to tướng osteogenesis imperfecta. They discuss their plans for the future and he promises to tướng visit her someday.

Kendra đoạn Clip calls Nathaniel and Genesis director Tom Chen; she says that Gardner is extremely intelligent and wants him to tướng be allowed to tướng go to tướng Earth. Nathaniel refuses; Gardner would have to tướng have a risky surgery to tướng increase his bone mật độ trùng lặp từ khóa and train to tướng adapt to tướng Earth's atmospheric pressure. He both undergoes the surgery and training against Nathaniel's wishes and boards a shuttle for Earth with Kendra and several other astronauts.

When they arrive on Earth, Nathaniel is angry at Tom, who kept Gardner's training a secret. Gardner is quarantined at NASA while undergoing medical tests to tướng determine his fitness for life on Earth. He escapes before seeing the tests showing he cannot live on Earth very long, and finds Tulsa convincing her to tướng help him find his father.

They are followed by Nathaniel and Kendra, who try to tướng convince Gardner to tướng return to tướng NASA but he runs away with Tulsa and learns the location of the man who married his parents, Shaman Neka. Nathaniel and Kendra learn that Gardner's body toàn thân contains dangerously high levels of troponin, indicative of an enlarged heart, which cannot withstand the atmospheric pressure of Earth; he must return to tướng Mars immediately if he is to tướng survive.

Gardner confesses his true origins to tướng Tulsa, who does not believe him. They find Neka, who lets Tulsa use his computer to tướng locate the beach house from Gardner's đoạn Clip. They travel to tướng Summerland, California, stopping in Las Vegas for fun, where Gardner collapses and is taken to tướng a hospital. X-rays show carbon tubes in his bones, and Tulsa finally believes Gardner's claims of being born on Mars.

Gardner knows he cannot survive on Earth and wants to tướng meet his father before he dies. Tulsa helps him sneak out of the hospital and they drive to tướng the beach house; they meet the man from Gardner's đoạn Clip who is actually his uncle, not his father. Gardner thinks this is a lie and runs to tướng the sea, telling Tulsa that this is where he wants to tướng die before collapsing.

Nathaniel and Kendra arrive in time to tướng save Gardner and pull him out of the ocean. Gardner asks Nathaniel about Sarah, realizing Nathaniel is his father. They rush him to tướng a Dream Chaser and launch into orbit, hoping this will stabilize Gardner. Free of Earth's gravity, he is revived.

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Soon after, Gardner boards a space shuttle to tướng Mars after sharing an emotional parting with Tulsa. Kendra, who is retiring from active flight status with NASA, adopts her. Determined to tướng join him on Mars, Tulsa joins Kendra's training program. Gardner is seen back on Mars with Nathaniel.



In 1999, Universal Pictures and Mike Lobell Productions acquired a screenplay, then titled Mainland, about a rebellious teen born on the moon who desired to tướng come to tướng the earth but whose physiology, it was feared, would not be able to tướng survive the transition. After failed rewrites by Allison Burnett (Autumn in New York), the project was placed on hiatus, as Lobell left Universal for a khuyến mãi at Castle Rock Entertainment. The project remained unproduced for over a decade.[citation needed]

On March 13, năm trước, an industry source revealed that a science fiction-adventure film titled Out of This World was in development at Relativity Media, scripted by Allan Loeb.[2] Later in August năm trước, it was reported that Peter Chelsom, who had previously directed Hector and the Search for Happiness for Relativity, was hired to tướng direct the film, while Relativity would produce and distribute.[3] Southpaw Entertainment's Richard B. Lewis was attached to tướng produce the film, and also received a "story by" credit.[3]

On February 2, năm ngoái, Asa Butterfield was tapped to tướng play the lead character in the film, a teen who was raised on Mars, and who falls in love with a girl on Earth he has been communicating with. Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay rewrote the screenplay.[4] On July 13, năm ngoái, it was announced that Relativity was selling the project to tướng STX Entertainment, in order to tướng reach an agreement with its creditors and avoid having to tướng tệp tin for bankruptcy.[5] STX produced and distributed the film.[5] On July 31, năm ngoái, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, and Britt Robertson joined the cast of the then-untitled film.[6] Robertson would play the female lead, a teen girl from Colorado.[6] On September 8, năm ngoái, it was announced that the title of the film would be The Space Between Us, and B. D. Wong and Janet Montgomery were added to tướng the cast.[7] On September 30, năm ngoái, Trey Tucker joined the film to tướng play an astronaut,[8] and on October 23, năm ngoái, Scott Takeda was cast to tướng play a doctor in the film.[9]

The actors Asa Butterfield (20 years old at the time of the film's release) and Britt Robertson (27 at the time) have a seven-year age gap between them, greater phàn nàn their respective characters (both of whom are around 16 or 17), which caused controversy, but in an interview Robertson explains that the age difference helped with the dynamic of the relationship between Tulsa and Gardner:[10]

I don't think Tulsa is really a teenager. She's had to tướng be an adult for a really long time. She's had to tướng take care of herself. She's had to tướng figure out where she's going to tướng live, and pay her mortgage or gas. She thinks lượt thích an adult. There's this dynamic where she's almost parenting him in some ways. There's this very specific kind of thing where she's teaching him about the world (saying), "Get it together, these are people. Why are you doing it this way? Why aren't you being human?" [Our age difference] I think really helps the dynamic. It's not something I really pay attention to tướng.

Principal photography on the film began on September 14, năm ngoái, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[9][11]

Decathlon diving masks were used as ordinary masks for the team that helps the returning astronauts out of the spaceship.[clarification needed][citation needed]

Andrew Lockington composed the film's score, which was released through Sony Music Entertainment.[citation needed]


In August năm ngoái, STX Entertainment scheduled the film to tướng be released on July 29, năm 2016.[12] The release date was later switched with STX's other release, Bad Moms, and was moved its release date later to tướng August 19, năm 2016.[13] However, Kubo and the Two Strings, Ben-Hur, and War Dogs were all slated for August 19, năm 2016, and STX Entertainment moved its release date later to tướng December 21, năm 2016, allowing more time for work on the visual effects.[14] The film's release date was later moved to tướng December 16, năm 2016,[15] and finally STX Entertainment moved its release date later to tướng February 3, 2017.[16]

Box office[edit]

The Space Between Us grossed $7.9 million in the United States and Canada and $6.9 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $14.8 million, against a production budget of $30 million.[1]

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In North America, The Space Between Us was released alongside Rings and The Comedian, and was projected to tướng gross $8–10 million from 2,812 theaters during its opening weekend.[17] The film ended up grossing $1.4 million on its first day and $3.8 million in its opening weekend, finishing well below expectations, and 7th at the box office.[18] In its third weekend the film grossed $260,000 after being pulled from 2,441 theaters (dropping 84.6% to tướng 331), marking the 11th biggest theater drop in history.[19][20]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 16% based on 136 reviews, with an average rating of 4.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Space Between Us strands its star-crossed young lovers in a mind-numbingly vast expanse of shameless cheese that will send all but the most forgiving viewers eye-rolling for the exits."[21] On Metacritic, the film holds a score 33 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[22] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to tướng F scale.[23][non-primary source needed]

Writing for IndieWire, David Ehrlich gave the film a grade of "C", calling it a "guileless and good-natured sci-fi love story".[24] Kevin Maher gave a scathing review in The Times, writing that the film is "notable only for some horrendously bad science and a career-low performance from Gary Oldman".[25]


Award Date of ceremony Category Nominee Result Ref.
Teen Choice Awards July 31, 2016 Choice Movie Actress: AnTEENcipated Britt Robertson Nominated [26]
August 13, 2017 Choice Movie: Sci-Fi The Space Between Us Nominated [27]
Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi Asa Butterfield Nominated

See also[edit]

  • List of films mix on Mars


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