With Cloud Atlas, their first writer-director outing since 2008’s abysmal Speed Racer, in the can and set for an end-of-the-year release, new details have supposedly emerged regarding the Wachowskis’ next project: Jupiter Ascending. A return to epic science fiction, the film has a decidedly Matrix-like story, right down to the fact that The Matrix probably sounded dumb as hell when an inside source attempted to summarize its plot too.
The film, which could be the first in a trilogy, centers on a toilet-scrubbing Russian immigrant, played by Mila Kunis, who so happens to have “the same perfect genetic makeup as the Queen of the Universe,” in a reality in which humans are evolutionarily primitive and exist in the galaxy with far more advanced beings (but who, in practice, sound just like standard sci-fi supersoldiers, e.g. heightened strength, fearlessness).
Kunis’ character’s fortuitous genes mark her for assassination, but the bounty hunter contracted to dispose of her falls in love with her instead and the two are thusly on the lam. The bounty hunter? Due to be played by Channing Tatum, whom I’d never heard of before last night’s Flixist Show but have a sneaking suspicion that I’d hate.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt could also have a role. No word yet on the involvement of intelligent storytelling or common sense.[via Vulture]