Wachowskis Planning Sci-Fi 'Jupiter Ascending', May Shoot Next Year
The Wachowskis are back. They've given themselves some time since Speed Racer, they're already deep into production on the ambitious adaptation of Cloud Atlas with Tom Tykwer, now they've got another big sci-fi in the works. Deadline reports that a secret new project called Jupiter Ascending has started showing up on internal info sheets for Warner Bros, where it's in development. It's said to be an original creation by the two, Andy & Lana Wachowski, and will indeed be their next movie, their "first major science fiction action franchise play since The Matrix." Alas, that's all we know, since this is also the first anyone's heard about it.
The report only states that the project is already on track to "start production by the spring" of next year. They're now looking at casting the lead star in the movie, which is why this is now hitting the news, as this is where the project name seemingly first popped up. I've heard rumors that it might be about Earth colonies at war, but that's similar to Earth vs. Moon or other projects in development. The name, Jupiter Ascending, refers to a time of year when Jupiter can be seen rising in the sky, but it could also be referring to a colony or something related to Jupiter's moons. Either way, they got me already, I definitely want to know more.
Following Speed Racer, the filmmaking duo has tried to setup a few other projects. They were rumored to be in the mix for the new Superman at one point, as well as the futuristic Robin Hood story just titled Hood. They were also developing a hard-R futuristic Iraq war project called Cobalt Neural 9, about a Gay soldier falling in love with an Iraqi, but Deadline now says "they had trouble setting it up." Go figure. Beyond that, they're currently working on Cloud Atlas, which is shooting as we speak, and that already has some unique sci-fi elements. I wish we knew more about this, the concept or plot or anything, but at least now we have a new project to keep a close watch on as it develops over these next few years. Bring on the sci-fi! Stay tuned!