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‘Jupiter Ascending’ Will Be The Wachowskis Next Film, Shooting To Start Spring 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 4:28 AM
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First cropping up in the middle of the summer, the mysterious "Jupiter Rising" (now being called "Jupiter Ascending") was added to the already lengthy list of movies being eyed by The Wachowskis. And since 2008's eyeball-melting "Speed Racer," they've certainly had no shortage of movies to choose from. While "Cloud Atlas" is now in front of cameras, “Hood,” an “urban retelling” of the Robin Hood mythology with Will Smith sought to star, and the R-rated Iraq War gay romance picture “CN-9” (aka “Cobalt Neutral 9”) were also tossed around as possibilities. But the former sounds, frankly, pretty terrible and latter is not going to get financing from any major studio ever, so it looks like the sibling duo will go back once again to their comfortable sci-fi territory for their next flick.

Hugh Grant Joins All-Star Cast Of Tom Tykwer & The Wachowskis' 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 13, 2011 11:40 AM
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I'm Just A Boy/Girl/Robot, Standing In Front Of A Girl/Boy/Post-Apocalyptic Tribesman, Asking Them To Love Him/Her/ItIt might be difficult to throw a rock in a multiplex in the next few months without hitting a movie starring Matt Damon, Jude Law or Rachel Weisz (let alone Jessica Chastain, who has enough movies to play on every screen), but not every actor has the same work ethic. Some like to take their time over their films, picking only the roles that really interest them; Daniel Day-Lewis, for instance. Some stick fairly rigorously to a one-movie-a-year-policy. And some would rather do pretty much anything than make movies; in particular British star Hugh Grant, who's made no secret of his dislike for the whole actually-shooting-a-film rigmarole.

Jim Sturgess Joins The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer's 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 9:40 AM
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With production set to begin in just a few short weeks, it looks like the last few pieces of casting for the ambitious adaptation of "Cloud Atlas" are falling into place as "One Day" star Jim Sturgess is the lastest actor to come aboard. USA Today confirms what we've been hearing about Sturgess' involvement in the picture as they say, he "next ventures to Berlin to film the Wachowski brothers' new movie 'Cloud Atlas.'"

'Cloud Atlas' Rolls With Smaller Budget; Project Will Give Each Filmmaker Their Own Production Team

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 1:26 AM
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With reports previously touting the forthcoming "Cloud Atlas" as the most expensive German production of all time -- with a budget said to be in the neighborhood of $150 million -- as the start date nears, there price tag has been lowered but don't think for a second that the project has gotten any smaller in scope.

'Jupiter Rising': Do The Wachowskis Have A New Secret Project Moving Forward At Warner Bros?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 26, 2011 4:24 AM
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As this writer posited a few months ago, there's an argument to be made that the co-directing Wachowski siblings Andy and Lana lost their mojo after "The Matrix" and the spark that once made them special has faded. Their follow-up films have been lackluster: “Speed Racer,” the last two “Matrix” movies and most of the films they’ve produced (”Ninja Assassin,” “The Invasion”) during the aughts were straight up duds or major disappointments. But there's plenty of options that could bring redemption.

Susan Sarandon & Jim Broadbent Also In Talks For 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 12, 2011 2:30 AM
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While they transformed the landscape with the game-changing "Matrix" film, the Wachowski siblings Andy and Lana (formerly Larry) have truly failed, at least outside their hardcore constituents, to live up to their initial promise. Their follow-up films, "Speed Racer," the last two "Matrix" movies and most of the films they've produced ("Ninja Assassin," "The Invasion") during the aughts were major disappointments. Likewise, German filmmaker Tom Tykwer took the international film world by storm in 1998 with "Run Lola Run," but has failed to connect with audiences or critics with his subsequent films ("Heaven," "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" and "The International").

Ben Whishaw & Hugo Weaving Join Tom Hanks & Halle Berry In 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2011 7:23 AM
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Actors Will Play Multiple Roles In ProjectTo date, The Wachowskis have never quite lived up to their promise. After a strong debut with lesbian noir "Bound," they reinvented the action movie with "The Matrix," a film as seriously influential as any since "Star Wars" -- hence the slavish copycats that have clogged up sci-fi pictures in the last 10 years. But the sequels were bloated and near-unwatchable, failing to understand what made the first film special, while their only other directorial credit since -- "Speed Racer" -- gave us a giant headache, even if we can sort of understand those who defend it as a piece of pop art.

Wachowski & Tom Tykwer Directed, Tom Hanks-Led 'Cloud Atlas' Starts Filming In September

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2011 8:32 AM
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After months of speculation and rumor, some definitive word has landed about the adaptation of David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas," and it's now officially moving ahead.

Update: Keanu Reeves Was Never In London; Reported 'Matrix' Sequels Not Happening

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2011 6:54 AM
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Looks like no one will be taking the red pill again anytime soon. Over the weekend, reports surfaced that during a talk at the London International School of Performing Arts, actor Keanu Reeves revealed, among many other things, that the Wachowskis had finished a two picture treatment for more "The Matrix" sequels with an eye to do it in 3D. One little problem however. Keanu Reeves never gave that talk.

Two More 'Matrix' Films Are Coming In 3D? So Says (Apparently Anyhow) Keanu Reeves

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 24, 2011 1:31 AM
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Huh? Didn't the Wachowskis' "Matrix" trilogy end with a whimper? Ok, maybe not a commercial one ("Revolutions" grossed $427 million worldwide, which sounds great till you hear that "Reloaded" grossed a massive $742 mil worldwide), but creatively? The third film was even more confused than the second one (man, the Architect is sort of a laugh in retrospect) and was one of the most unsatisfying conclusions to one of the most promising, game-changing sci-fi films in recent memory.

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