So yeah… the first trailer for the upcoming sci-fi epic JUPITER ASCENDING starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis is really f*cking weird. I think that’s pretty evidence from the screencap above. From the glow-y bullet time to the zero gravity gun-fu above the Chicago skyline to the obvious JOHN CARTER homages to Tatum’s elf ears, neck tat, guy-liner, and blonde goatee, JUPITER ASCENDING looks to be oozing weirdness out of every one of its weird pores.
But you know what, I have 100% faith in the Wachowski Starship. Say what you will about THE MATRIX RELOADED and THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, but those two delivered the goods with THE MATRIX, SPEED RACER, BOUND, and CLOUD ATLAS. Those flicks are bonafide cult classics.
You know what? Screw the “cult” label. Those flicks are bonafide classics. Genre-bending masterworks made by a directorial duo that doesn’t nearly get the respect they deserve. I’m excited to see they do next, no matter how f*cking weird it may be.
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
Two new trailers, red and green, for 22 JUMP STREET below. Both are funny, both are loaded with great moments from Tatum and Jonah Hill, and both seem to have a few too many spoilers in them. The red band, in particular, ends on a note that is VERY funny, but I really wish it had been left unspoiled. Seeing those two characters pop back up would’ve been a great audience reaction moment. As it stands, we’ll be expecting it now. Oh well. I shouldn’t complain. The amount of funny here far outweighs the amount of spoilers.
After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.
Finally, MTV hit director Jon Chu up about the upcoming G.I. JOE threequel and asked if there was any chance [MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT!!!] Tatum might return as Duke despite his character having been killed off in the first act of G.I. JOE: RETALIATION.
Chu couldn’t provide any solid answers since the script, which is being written by SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and DIVERGENT scribe Evan Daugherty, is still in the early stages of development, but he did offer this tease:
"You never know. Storm Shadow died in the first one and came back in the second one, and then other characters have died and never come back. The G.I. Joe world, the best thing about it is you never know who's coming back and who's not."
I’m going to take that as a YES. Paramount only killed off Duke because Tatum’s career was in the toilet at the time RETALIATION began shooting. It gave them a chance to wipe out the so-called damage director Stephen Sommers did to the franchise with RISE OF COBRA and it gave them shock kill to establish the edgy tone of the sequel. What they didn’t expect was Tatum’s career to go white hot with the hat trick of THE VOW, 21 JUMP STREET, and MAGIC MIKE. That hat trick made Paramount delay RETALIATION from summer 2012 all the way to March 2013 so they could shoot new material with Tatum. I’m honestly surprised they didn’t just retcon his character’s death then and there, but I guess since the word was already out Duke died, they didn’t want to piss fanboys off. I don’t know. All I know is the original footage of Duke and the new stuff doesn’t mesh well in RETALIATION. You can clearly tell some time has passed because Tatum’s entire face and physique is different and… wait. Derailed a bit. Sorry.
I guarantee Paramount will insist Duke is resurrected for JOE 3. If they can bring back Byung-hun Lee, a relatively unknown actor stateside, after Storm Shadow died in the first pic, they’ll bring back Tatum as Duke. Just you wait and see.