The filmmakers behind the Matrix trilogy and the upcoming Cloud Atlas clearly went to the same school of secrecy as J.J. Abrams, as they've been keeping the story of their latest sci-fi saga, Jupiter Ascending, under lock and key. Until now.
New York magazine's Vulture got the Jupiter Ascending scoop from a source that they're convinced is on the level—even despite the outrageousness of the plot, which allegedly entails:
A universe in which "human beings are just the Cro-Magnons, or even the Australopithecines, of what beings can ultimately go on to become in the galaxy. ... these higher forms of life are watching us from other, albeit this time non-meta worlds, but actual, other worlds, as in planets and moons."
The unlikely, reluctant heroine is a Russian immigrant (Mila Kunis) 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.
These 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 (Channing Tatum) of the evolved-being type is dispatched to dispose of Kunis' 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.
Sounds like a lot of familiar things tossed in a blender: The Fifth Element, The Matrix, Snow White and the Huntsman, Dark Angel, The Chronicles of Riddick... Let's just hope Larry and Lana pick the best parts of their influences for this proposed trilogy and leave the rest for the trash compactor.