New poster and still photo of Mila Kunis from her upcoming action-packed / scifi movie ‘Jupiter Ascending’ are hitting the web! She’s been also on the covers of multiple magazines such as Yo Dona, Cinemania, Glamour, Vanidades – all scans can be found in our gallery.
We’re only 11 days away from the movie release, Jupiter Ascending will open February 6, 2015!
The producer of Jupiter Ascending – Grant 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.”
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.”
“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.”
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 graces the August cover of W Magazine in a beautiful shot by Michael Thompson. August issue is “The Insiders Issue – Fall Fashion” and hits newsstands next Wednesday (July 9, 2014) More info soon!