Grant Hill Dishes on Jupiter Ascending And Its Delay

The producer of Jupiter AscendingGrant Hill - spoke to ScifiNow. In the newest issue he talks a little bit about the movie story and explains the unfamous delay.

On the story
“It’s a very grand world – or series of worlds – that have been created. They’re very vivid and very different, and the look and the workings of these worlds is just something that I think, on a scale, hasn’t really been seen before.”
“There’s a freshness, certainly, from the smallest thing to the broad vision of the world. It’s just so re-envisaged that it does take your breath away a little bit. But I guess that at centre of it, it is also a sort of sibling rivalry story, which is a story that people know, people have seen it in their own families, and they’ve seen it in large more prominent families. It’s about rivalry, it’s about the relationship of a family, and at its heart it’s a love story.

On the unfamous delay
“We didn’t want to rush it in a way that didn’t allow time for Warner Bros to properly market the movie. Those things are always competing a little bit in visual effects movies, because until you get right to the very end of it you don’t have the full movie in the sense that you would a drama or a comedy or whatever. ”
“There are different sorts of risks. I mean, there are financial risks, creative risks, ‘can you do it in time’ risks… In this case, I think that the risks are not of a commercial nature. I think the risks going into it were more that Lana and Andy had a vision that was so detailed and so fantastical.”
“We needed to design so much stuff. We had a little more time on so it allowed us to work that out a lot. But I think by the time we got to filming we had pretty much exactly what we hoped we would get to, but it took a lot to get there.”

Grant Hill Talks Jupiter Ascending in Total Film Mag

Multiple Academy Awards nominee – producer Grant Hill – talks making of Jupiter Ascending in Total Film magazine.

Outside the box
“Lana, Andy and I were approached by Warner Brothers about four or five years ago,” says Hill of Jupiter’s inception. “They wanted a big Wachowski movie: the whole design element and the grand story. It percolated. The first real sense of what Lana and Andy had was when they delivered the first script. It was astounding; a totally new take on the design of multiple enviroments within space, with large characters, a great love story, and a family battling over an inheritance – which is Earth. It was so huge in scope, so much fun to read. The Wachowskis are supremely creative, and for me it was about letting them fulfil their vision.”

Hive mind
“This deserted farmhouse is where Stinger has been stripped of his position,” Hill explains of Sean Bean’s character, a man genetically enhanced with bee DNA who’s an ostracised ex-member of the intergalactic police force. “Something went wrong; he took the bullet while Channing was able to remain on. Sean’s is a very pivotal character – a sort of father figure to Channing. The farmhouse is a place inhabited by these bees, which are programmed in their own society to react to the queen. And they react to Mila – it’s a final signal that she’s the real deal. This is a really lovely, lyrical sequence.”
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Mila Kunis Talked to SFX Magazine

Jupiter Ascending is featured in SFX’s January issue, as a part of their 2015 Movie Preview. In the 1-page interview, Mila talks about the relationship between Jupiter and Caine (Channing Tatum), the film’s emotional story, living on purpose and more…

Can you describe the relationship between your character, Jupiter, and Channing Tatum’s character, Caine?
My character meets him and he instantly taked her on this crazy journey, where there’s this really long action sequence, with a chase between aliens and spaceships in the middle of Chicago; and we shot it in the middle of Chicago. He’s like, “This is what happens” and “This is life” and “Here’s some aliens in their spaceships.” And she’s like, “This can’t be life. This is crazy. Am i hallucinating? Maybe I’m under drugs?” He’s like, “No, no. This is real life.”

What’s the film’s emotional story?
It’s about destiny. I fall in love with him, he falls in love with me.

Was this the most physically challenging film you’ve worked on?
Yes. The whole film was a massive boot camp. I have no body fat in this movie for the first time in my life. For five days a week, you train every single day, for six months. Just work out all day long for six months and you too will have no body fat! We both got in trouble for losing too much weight. It was really bad.

Jupiter begins the film feeling as though she has no purpose. Have you ever felt that way?
I’ve never thought about a purpose, but I was always working or in school. Even at my lowest when I was trying to figure my life out or going through puberty I never doubted myself like Jupiter did. I always had a very good backbone, being my family. Which was always an incredible support system. So anytime I questioned anything it was never as dire as Jupiter. I think Jupiter feels like she’s alone. I’ve always been very lucky where I never felt alone.

Mila Kunis in Screen Test for W Magazine

Mila opens up to W magazine about her first time being on camera, fake prom, planning marriage, raising children and having a little crush on Pierce Brosnan.

W Magazine Photos & Interview

Never one to be pigeonholed, the actress slips into a new genre (sci-fi), a new look (bye-bye, bell-bottoms), and a new life (hello, baby).

These are the best!” Mila Kunis exclaimed as her favorite waiter, Domingo, placed a plate of flannel cakes in front of her at the Musso & Frank Grill, the classic, clubby restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard. Kunis, 30, was pregnant with her first child with her fiancé, Ashton Kutcher, but this meal was not a sudden craving: The actress, who was dressed in a loose fisherman’s sweater and faded jeans that were rolled up at the ankle, has been ordering those pancakes for practically her whole life. “I love them so much that, two years ago, I had the restaurant ship the batter to Boston, where I was shooting Ted,” Kunis explained. “They remind me of home.”

The Musso & Frank Grill is safe for Kunis—a paparazzi-free haven. Since she began dating Kutcher, 36, her former costar on the hit TV series That ’70s Show, a couple of years ago, she’s been hounded by the tabloids. Ashton and Mila is a sensational narrative: When their characters were romantically linked on the show, the actors were just friends in real life. And yet, in a story-book twist, they shared many important moments on camera: “My first real kiss ever was with him on the show,” Kunis said. “And when That ’70s Show had a prom, my date for the prom turned out to be my fiancé. We can honestly say that we went to prom together! Although I do think that in that episode I went home with someone else. We don’t talk about that part.”

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Mila Kunis in Cineplex Magazine

This month’s Cineplex features a 3 page spread dedicated to Mila and Jupiter Ascending. In an interview she discusses picking the right projects, Jupiter Jones, Wachowskis, Channing Tatum, Star Trek and more…

You’ve said you don’t plan your career, but you’re definitely branching out and choosing interesting projects.
“Yeah. In my early twenties I decided I wasn’t going to work for the sake of working. I was able to pick projects I was proud of. Now, whether or not they were going to succeed, or whether or not people were going to like them was another thing. They were projects that inspired me and were going to motivate me and drive me.”

And you had to fight typecasting.
“Yes, I started picking projects to prove people wrong. Everybody wanted me to do romantic comedies and I was like, ‘No, I can do other things!’ And so it becomes this battlefield. And then there’s an action movie that comes around and they say, ‘Well, we don’t know if you can do action.’ So you knock down doors and you fight and fight and fight, and prove them wrong. ”

How are you feeling? How’s your pregnancy going?
“It’s great. I have no complaints. Life is fantastic.”

Describe Jupiter Jones, your character in Jupiter Ascending.
“Jupiter Jones is a very naive, very sweet girl who lives in Chicago, whose world is turned upside down when Channing’s character comes and takes her away and shows her a world outside of Earth. He explains to her that there is a higher purpose to her than just being who she is.”

What can people expect from the film?
“It’s really fun movie, it’s really smart, but also a really fun movie. You can look at the underlying tones of consumption and the human desire to need and want, and that’s great, but it’s also just a fun film to go and see.”

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