Universal recently revealed that plans to open Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion early in IMAX theaters has been scuttled, but other plans for the movie are going forward at full speed. Anthony Gonzalez of the electronic/dance band M83 has been recording the score for the film with Joseph Trapanese, and the first track from that effort is now online. Check it out below, and you’ll find that the feeling conveyed by the track is just as big and sweeping as you’d hope.

In addition, we’ve got news of the composer Michael Giacchino working again with Andy and Lana Wachowski. This time he’ll be scoring their new film, Jupiter Ascending. Read More »

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Briefly: The latest addition to the cast of Andy and Lana Wachowski‘s new film Jupiter Ascending is Sean Bean. He’ll play a Han Solo-like character named Stinger, says Deadline. He’s now part of a cast that also includes Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, and Eddie Redmayne.

We don’t have a lot of info on the movie at this point, but the description currently making the rounds says it is “set in a time where humans are at the bottom of the evolutionary ladder and follows a woman who has been targeted for assassination by the queen of the universe.”

Bean’s most recent screen appearance was in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, but he’ll soon be seen in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Yes, that sequel exists. So… we can now reasonably assume that at least one character will meet a bad end in the film, right? (Hint: It will probably be Bean’s.) [Deadline]

For my money, Eddie Redmayne has been in two of the best movies released in the past two years - My Week With Marilyn and Les Miserables - and yet he’s still a bit of an unknown. That’s slowly beginning to change.

The actor has been up for a few major superhero roles in the past few weeks and now he’s in talks to join Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis in Jupiter Ascending, a 3D IMAX film from The Wachowskis. Read more after the jump. Read More »

How big do you want your big sci-fi movies? Today IMAX and Warner Bros. announced the continuation of a partnership that will see twenty Warners films released in “the IMAX Experience” format over the next few years. Along with the deal comes some info on a few different upcoming films, including Gravity, Transcendence, and Jupiter Ascending.

Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, in which Sandra Bullock plays a woman who has to survive a space bound trip to safety after an accident with her research craft, will be released in an unconverted IMAX format, for example. There’s still no release date for the film, however.

And Transcendence, the film from Christopher Nolan‘s cinematography Wally Pfister, will go IMAX as well, even though he’ll shoot the film in a standard film format. (No big native IMAX sequences in this one, early, unlike his last couple Batman movies with Nolan.) That doesn’t have a date, either.

Then there are a couple other odd details, such as the listing for the WachowskisJupiter Ascending, which specifies that the film is in 3D. Doug LIman‘s All You Need is Kill will also be in 3D, as will the 300 sequel 300: Rise of An Empire.

The full IMAX Experience slate is as follows: Jack the Giant Slayer 3D (March 1, 2013); Man of Steel 3D (June 14, 2013); Pacific Rim 3D (July 12, 2013); 300: Rise of an Empire 3D (August 2, 2013); Gravity 3D: (TBD); Seventh Son 3D (October 18, 2013); The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D(December 13, 2013); All You Need Is Kill 3D (March 7, 2014); Transcendence (TBD); Godzilla (5/16/14); Jupiter Ascending 3D (TBD); The Hobbit: There And Back Again 3D (July 18, 2014); Black Sky (TBD); Tarzan 3D (TBD); Fury Road 3D (TBD); Journey 3 3D (TBD)

Andy and Lana Wachowski have shot Cloud Atlas and are in post on that film, but they’re already prepping a movie that is being called in some corners a return to form for the siblings. (By which I expect people mean a movie that seems more like The Matrix than anything else they’ve done.)

We know that Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum are the likely leads, but so far that’s just about all we’ve known, other than the title: Jupiter Ascending.

Now some story and character details are finally starting to emerge, though there’s always the possibility with the secretive siblings that these points are either subject to change or deliberately misleading. But the film reportedly centers on an unlikely heroine, played by Kunis, who unwittingly poses a threat to one of the power players in the universe. Read More »

For some time, Andy and Lana Wachowski were trying to follow up Speed Racer with a film said to be a hard-R gay love story set during the Iraq war, with leads being a US soldier and an Iraqi citizen.

That movie didn’t happen, perhaps because of the politicized nature of the script, and instead the Wachowskis teamed with Tom Tykwer to make the very intriguing Cloud Atlas. Now Cloud Atlas is wrapped, and the Wachowskis are turning towards their next film. That looks to be Jupiter Ascending, an original sci-fi story from the pair. Now the lead roles in the picture have been offered to Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum, who is looking to have a banner year in the wake of 21 Jump Street. Read More »

Black Swan star Natalie Portman was hotter than hot coming out of last year’s Oscar season, a freshly minted Best Actress winner with one just-released film (No Strings Attached) and two more (Your Highness and Thor) lined up for the next few months. Since then, however, she’s been laying low, with no new projects on her upcoming slate. No, it wasn’t the supposed Oscar curse at work — Portman’s hiatus came courtesy of her son Aleph, who was born in June. (Damn kids.) Portman shot her last three films before her pregnancy, and has taken on no new roles since.

But now it appears Portman’s finally getting ready to head back to work, potentially with a movie every bit as gloriously bizarre as the one that won her the Oscar. Andy and Lana Wachowski reportedly want the actress for their upcoming Jupiter Ascending, and there’s a real possibility that Portman will accept.

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Matrix directors Andy and Lana Wachowski are currently busy shooting the David Mitchell adaptation Cloud Atlas (with co-director and co-writer Tom Twyker), but for their next project they’ll be returning to the kind of tentpole sci-fi that brought them so much success a few years ago. The siblings are set up to direct a mysterious film titled Jupiter Ascending for Warner Bros., and are currently looking to cast a big-name star for a spring start date. More details after the jump.

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