Friday, June 1, 2012

Intrigued by Jupiter Ascending

The famed Wachowski's that launched the Matrix franchise and brought us such awesome shows as V for Vendetta have a new project called Jupiter Ascending. Here's the synopsis for it, and I'm rather intrigued:
In a universe in which human beings are just the Cro-Magnons of what beings can ultimately go on to become in the galaxy, higher forms of life are watching us from other planets and moons.
The unlikely heroine is a Russian immigrant who is busily scrubbing toilets for a living. Unbeknownst to her, she actually possesses the same perfect genetic makeup as the Queen of the Universe and is therefore a threat to her otherwise immortal rule.
The evolved beings fall into various different groups, all of which share some human DNA but who have over centuries been bred with animal DNA to heighten their best characteristics-e.g., soldiers getting their fearlessness, strength, and a pack mentality from wolves; workers getting their industriousness and reputation for diligence from bees.
Pretty soon, a bounty hunter of the evolved-being type is dispatched to dispose of the genetically blessed cleaning lady, but, as you'd expect with a Matrix re-dux, they fall in love. And for having fallen for his target, the bounty hunter gets targeted for extermination.
What do you think? I believe they have another hit on their hands...

Have a great weekend.

36 comments:

  1. It sounds like this could be exciting and fun. I'll watch this when it comes out.

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  2. Sounded good until I got to the part where hunter falls in love with his target. Getting tired of that angle.

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  3. I'd be the first in line to see this movie.

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  4. The hitman falling for his target is a bit of a cliche. Not sure the Wachowskis have really lived up to their potential, so won't be getting too excited about this one yet.

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  5. I've enjoyed their movies. Need to look this one up on the IMDB.

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  6. Cliche or not, sounds good to me.

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  7. Isn't that the same premise for "Snow White and the Huntsman" that came out today?

    But it can't do any worse than Speed Racer I suppose.

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  8. I thought this was going to be an astrology post. :)

    Actually, that's one cliche I don't really get tired of. I like love stories of all kinds. I'm kind of a sap.

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  9. In fact, it sounds a lot like Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey thing, starting with 2010 (vol. 2), with some Wachowski sauce on it. It's enough for me to be excited too.

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  10. In fact, it sounds a lot like Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey thing, starting with 2010 (vol. 2), with some Wachowski sauce on it. It's enough for me to be excited too.

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  11. Interesting premise. I have to see how it looks before deciding if I'll go to see it.

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  12. I love The Matrix, but I've been disappointed with their other movies. I am really looking forward to Cloud Atlas. The book is brilliant, and if the movie is even half as good, I'll be back on the Wachowski bandwagon for JA.

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  13. It sounds intriguing. Thanks for the heads up!

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  14. I'll just have to wait and see.

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  15. I'm with Andrew, I'd have to wait and see.

    I followed a link over from Mina Burrows. It's nice to meet you. :)

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  16. I love new and interesting series. I'll have to see how this one turns out.

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  17. I agree. It's another hit. Looking forward to this one. :)

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  18. what elise said...

    it's been done... more'n once... mostly badly....

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  19. The synopsis makes it sound like a spoof. A toilet-cleaner is "the chosen one." Seems like they're turning the genre on its ear.

    When I started reading the synopsis, I wasn't paying attention to your intro and thought it was some wacky indie author's novel, and I was like, "oh, that sounds so cheesey."

    But ... Wachowskis? I'd watch their vacation footage.

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  20. I agree wtih Dayla and also I don't think it's possible to mix animal DNA with humans. So that could be a problem.

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  21. speaking of always mysterious Wachowski's, you have a MATRIX like trailer for a new sf film at my place :)

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  22. This sounds pretty cool~ love the idea of our DNA being mixed with different animals based on ideal characteristics :)

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  23. A little bit of romance does help move things along, amidst all the excitement.

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  24. I get the creeps about how higher life forms are watching us...alien beings give me the willies! o_o

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  25. Scrubbing toilets versus Queen of the Universe. Hmm, tough call. No, seriously, I'm not sure which one I'd rather do. I mean, Queen has more prestige, for sure, but also a higher rate of assassinations.

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  26. It sounds like it could be cool. I enjoy bounty hunters and there's so much they can do with this concept. I'll have to check for a trailer.

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  27. Sounds like it might be pretty interesting! On a side note, I stumbled on a blog that appears to be lifting your blog's content a reposting it (grr.) It showed up on my google alerts because my interview was reposted. The site is cargames-carental.blogspot.com/ if you want to check it out.

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  28. I would definitely go see this. Love the story.

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  29. Love this premise too! Cool to have animal DNA mashups and I like that the heroine is a Russian immigrant who is downtrodden a la Cinderella. This is particularly refreshing as Russians are the trendy antags in lit right now--you know, all of the Russian gangs and black market thugs. Thanks for alerting us to this!

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  30. Oooooh. I hadn't heard anything about this one, but now I'm looking forward to it!

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  31. I agree, Michael, their track record kind of merits my interest. (V might make my top 10 movie list. I enjoyed it that much.) If only they had done John Carter. :(

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  32. Not sure that I am sold on this one. We'll have to wait and see. I just don't see any movies that look all that to me these days. Maybe I'm just getting too old to enjoy the latest blockbusters.

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  33. This definitely sounds different as well as promising.

    I was watching Discovery today where this scientist said that we humans have a gene like no other living creature in the world and that it is responsible for providing us with speech.

    (Hmm, I wonder if we could implant it and make a monkey talk?)

    Anyway, this reminded me of your blog post. The narrator and one of the speakers from the show boldly stated that "aliens" implanted the gene long ago.

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  34. There are some awesome pictures of Jupiter and the Sun at a new blog I found called Bad Astronomy The pics are at this link http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/06/07/interloper-of-the-venus-transit/
    and there is a pic of the Solar Eclipse that is amazing. Hope you're doing well!

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