We’ve heard zilch about the Wachowski siblings‘ next solo (or, as “solo” as two people can be) outing, Jupiter Ascending, save for two big pieces of casting and the (given) promise of a sci-fi franchise. It’s this immense secrecy that’s helped to make it so fascinating in the first place — possibly because we need something to be fascinated with, anyway — but, with the content of this new story making its way into the open, I’m starting to find myself in tune with what’s happening here.
So long as it’s true, since Vulture has uncovered the first true details on Jupiter Ascending, and — again, so long as it’s true — the film sounds like a wild, ambitious example of large-scale studio filmmaking. According to their source, this whole thing pivots on the concept that “human beings are just the Cro-Magnons, or even the Australopithecines, of what beings can ultimately go on to become in the galaxy”; the more powerful beings are spread across our galaxy, observing us from various planets and moons. (Also: In this world, there’s a subsect of humanity that have “evolved” to a higher state by “being bred with animal DNA to heighten their best characteristics.”)
The heart of Jupiter‘s story is a Russian immigrant (Mila Kunis) who, despite her lowly occupation of toilet cleaner, “possesses the same perfect genetic makeup as the Queen of the Universe and is therefore a threat to her otherwise immortal rule.” With this very threat needing to be extinguished, a bounty hunter (Channing Tatum) is assigned to find and kill off the oblivious woman… but they, naturally, fall in love and make a run for freedom. (It would appear as though the action really kicks off from that point, with the man’s employers taking “a-less-than-enlightened-being reaction to his decision.”) And, with this, the Wachowskis hope a trilogy can be born.
I’d like to know some more in a relatively quick amount of time, but a) that’s more than I expected to hear for several months, and b) what I do know is, thank God, a promising start. It’s not as if they’re taking a path entirely blazed with originality (I get shades of Brian K. Vaughan‘s currently-running Saga, for instance), or that their filmography from the past, say, ten years is sparkling; perhaps it’s due to these factors that I have a very, very strong desire to see if they can really pull this all out and, no less, manage to stick the landing. If nothing else, they’re reaching big here, and the addition of someone — like the now-rumored Joseph Gordon-Levitt — is a sign that people at least have interest in what might come to bear. I’m one of them.
Does it sound like the Wachowskis have struck gold with their newest endeavor?
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