Sci-fi adventure, Jupiter Ascending lands in UK cinemas on 6th February and we’ve managed to get our grubby mitts on some exclusive concept art and a chat with Grant Hill, producer and long-time collaborator of writer/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski.
In Jupiter Ascending, Mila Kunis plays Jupiter Jones, an ordinary young woman who happened to be born under a night sky with signs predicting that she’s destined for great things. When the genetically engineered ex-military hunter, Caine Wise (Channing Tatum) arrives on Earth, takes her from her home and into an epic intergalactic battle, Jupiter begins to realise her importance to the balance of the cosmos.
Producer, Hill has worked with the Wachowski’s on The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions and Cloud Atlas. He has also produced the likes of V For Vendetta, Speed Racer and The Thin Red Line as well as co-producing Titanic. We spoke to him about three pieces of early concept art featuring vehicles from the film.
Can you tell us a little about the early stages of development?
If you go back to the design of all of the ships, or any of the crafts in the skies, we wanted to invent a new aesthetic. But while it’s easy to say, it’s hard to just totally reinvent the perception of what these crafts might be, what the science and technology is behind them. We decided that we wanted to build all of the ships as a more organic base.
Which vehicle is this?
That’s one we called the Jumper; it’s a small communication taxi, more or less, and it’s probably the smallest of all of them. I guess if you look at the Aegis cruiser, which is the ship travelling around with the police-like crew on it, that’s a very crunchy, tough, pragmatic design and it’s all about function.
Can you describe the function of the fighting pods for us?
These are fighting pods that Stinger (Sean Bean) and Caine hop onto and go through a minefield. They are designed for one pilot and are the futuristic equivalent of an attack fighter jet and, as such, have a lot of firepower. It is very form-fitting and has a lot of manoeuvrability.
This final picture looks like a pretty big ship, what purpose does it serve in the film?
This is a military vehicle, so it has a lot more visible technology—for example, the way that the ship is controlled and the big forward deck where the crew looks out to the front of the ship—so they have maximum visibility of the outside world. The interior of the ship is very utilitarian. You’ll see when Stinger goes off and into the sort of state rooms, they are very basic, very military.
Jupiter Ascending is released in UK cinemas on 6th February from Warner Bros. Pictures.