After having a dickens of a time trying to find funding for their little fantasy Iraqi War gay drama (called “Cobalt Neural 9” or some other) that only a few people will ever end up seeing (but will probably guarantee a slew of Hollywood awards hardware), then settling on an adaptation of “Cloud Atlas” instead, the Wachowski siblings are now back on track to do what they do best — epic sci-fi. (Personally, I’m still waiting for them to do that “urban” Robin Hood movie…)
Lana and Andy Wachowski are said to have offered the two leads in their new movie “Jupiter Ascending” to Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. No word on the plot for “Jupiter”, but the film is being called a “major science fiction action” movie, though perhaps not in the vein of the duo’s previous and still most successful creation, the “Matrix” trilogy. But it’s still sci-fi, and it sounds watchable enough.
Previous to “Cloud Atlas”, the Wachowskis (then the Wachowski brothers) directed the 2008 bomb “Speed Racer”, a film that even my nephews thought was so bad they could barely stand to watch more than a few minutes of it. Which makes you wonder who the Wachowskis thought were the audience for that little gem. Whoever they thought would go see it, they were, well, wrong. Made for $120 million, the film capped off at just under $94 million worldwide. Yes, it didn’t even make back its production budget. It was such a big flop that, four years later, you’ll have a hard time finding the film playing anywhere on free TV.
In any case, Tatum is suddenly a very bankable star, coming off two surprise hits in “The Vow” and “21 Jump Street”. Kunis is still riding high from “Black Swan”, and has the “Oz” movie with Sam Raimi in the pipeline. I just hope they don’t give the girl a gun. I like Mila Kunis in almost anything, but not when they try to turn her into some ass kicking badass with a gun ala “Max Payne” or “Book of Eli”. It just doesn’t work. She’s too short to be pulling off “badass”.
Via : Deadline