The Wachowski siblings are highly capable genre filmmakers, whether it’s delving into the complexities of virtual reality in The Matrix, telling a multi-generational story with the same cast like Cloud Atlas, or capturing the sturm und drang of anime in Speed Racer. Another one of their trademarks though is being highly secretive and press shy, which is why if they say anything about their projects, no matter how small, it carries the intensity of a 60 Minutes special report. Perhaps, directing brother-sister are just that excited about their new movie, Jupiter Ascending.
In an interview at the Australians in Film awards dinner, Lana Wachowski discussed briefly the new film she’s making with her brother Andy, which they’ve previously described as “a science-fiction space opera.” The movie stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum as a maid and a bounty hunter in a future where humans are second-class citizens in the interstellar menagerie. The Queen of the Universe sees Kunis’ maid as some kind of threat, and sends Tatum’s bounty hunter to take her out, but they end up having a great, big universal adventure together.
“It has a lot of things from a lot of genres that we love,” Lana Wachowski said slyly. “It’s got a lot of original action, it’s got a lot of romance.”
The Wachowskis have done big action before, but not lately. Cloud Atlas, though epic in scope, didn’t feature a lot of big action sequences, but that in no way means it was any less complex to shoot. Wachowski says that the visual effects for Jupiter Ascending are “way more complicated,” but she adds that she and her brother wouldn’t have it any other way, no matter how much they try. “We seem not to be very good at making small things,” she explained. “We keep saying ‘Let’s go make a small movie.’ But then they always end up being enormously complex. We want to somehow always find something that is different or that no one has tried.”
And that’s what sets the Wachowskis apart, while others are adapting comic books, old movies and TV shows, they’re out there doing something original, or in the case of Cloud Atlas, something “unfilmmable.” Despite the fact that Cloud Atlas didn’t set the box office on fire, Wachowski says that they’re looking at bigger goals than just making money. “People come up to us and just break into tears talking about [Cloud Atlas],” she said. “Even Speed Racer, we get people that come up and say it was their favorite movie of all time. We’ve been very lucky that way. We have great fans. … And we keep trying to keep surprising them.”
Jupiter Ascending is scheduled to be in theaters on July 25, 2014.
Source: Cinema Blend