There’s a new Jupiter Ascending trailer hitting today, but until we get our latest glimpse of the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas follow-up in motion, we have two “side of a van” worthy character banners to whet our appetite. One has Channing Tatum flashing his beefy tattooed arms, while the other features Mila Kunis looking like she’s waiting to get admitted into a free Ben Kweller show at SXSW.
Andy and Lana Wachowski
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. (more…)
Sure the release dates keep getting pushed back and there’s also all that talk about a fourth movie in the series, but right now filmmaker James Cameron is putting his focus on penning the back to back sequels to Avatar, the number one money-maker of all time in film.
While talking to Coming Soon, Cameron reiterated his plan to take us into Pandora’s oceans in the sequels, and the director says that his focus on the new setting is to draw parallels with environmental issues here on Earth as opposed to creature-porn with all the weird and wonderful species “Under Da Sea!” on Pandora.
“We’re doing ‘Avatar’ films now, so we’re making up an ocean ecosystem for Pandora. That’s gonna have less to do with the deep exploration that I’ve done than it has to do with my concerns about conservation of Earth’s oceans. The fact that we’re basically overfishing, climate change… a few degrees of temperature rise are gonna basically take out the coral reefs. All those beautiful images of the coral environments we all grew up with won’t exist in 50 years at the rate we’re going in terms of pumping greenhouse gases into the environment. These are the things that concern me.”
“I hope that explains it, ’cause people have connected the dots directly together. ‘Oh, going to the challenger deep has a direct connection to what we’re going to see in Avatar 2,’ and that’s not the case at all. It’s all the scuba diving I did before I even started the deep ocean stuff that has more of a direct connection to Avatar 2 & 3, which by the way won’t take place completely in or under the water. That’s just part of the environment of Pandora that we’re going to see.”
Another thing that Cameron’s conscious of: finding the right place to break the story between the scripts for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. Here’s what Cameron told Hero Complex:
“It’s a little bit of a daunting writing task because it’s two scripts and they’ve both gotta be done at the same time… I’m writing it as separate stories that have an overall arc inclusive of the first film. I don’t want to suffer from the ‘Matrix 2′ problem, where it just ends, like, what the hell? It’s gotta end. There’s gotta be a sense of conclusion, but also a sense that the journey will continue, and that’s a fine line.”
I’m right there with you, Jim. I remember seeing The Matrix Reloaded in the theater and sitting in my seat stunned for a couple of minutes trying to comprehend how the movie suddenly ended where it did, while trying to remember for the life of me who that guy who was unconscious next to Neo. Hopefully, Cameron is a more skillful writer than Wachowskis. Of course, he did turn the story of Pocahontas into a Star Wars pastiche and made a mint doing it, so anything’s possible.
A couple of weeks ago, some audacious rumor was started suggesting that Ben “The Bomb in Phantoms” Affleck was Warner Bros. top pick to direct Justice League; DC/WB’s equivalent to Disney/Marvel’s The Avengers. Naturally the internet ate it up and shat it everywhere, something Mr. Affleck didn’t seem too keen on:
I’m not working on the Justice League. One of the problems with entertainment web sites is that they need to fill pages, and that’s how rumours get started… Justice League sounds really exciting, but it’s not something I’m working on.
Oi!, if it was such idle gossip, why didn’t he slam it down sooner?
In other absolutely factual news that is not based on speculation at all…
Moviehole.com is suggesting Warner Bros. has a smallish list of directors they’re talking to about Justice League, and Andy and Lana Wachowski are high on the list.
Basically, from the report, Moviehole heard “whispers” from guy who knows a guy, who knows a guy close to management. So please, take this with a huge grain of salt, or as an absolute indication that this is totally happening and that Affleck wanted to instead focus on acting in the movie and on physically becoming Darkseid.
Gosh I wonder if the Wachowskis will wait 2 weeks to shoot this down since being linked to what will be a surefire billion dollar franchise starter is so damaging to their careers…