That show from the 70s star, Mila Kunis, knew that Jupiter Ascending would fail even before filming began. Written and directed by the Wachowskis, the science-fiction adventure starred Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a house cleaner who meets the alien warrior Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), who tells her that she is of royal descent and that her fate is beyond Earth. is. After Caine rescues her, the two embark on a journey of action and romance as the film explores themes related to the negative sides of capitalism and consumerism.
Jupiter Ascending was released in 2015 and immediately received harsh criticism with a low 28% Rotten score on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Coupled with a lousy box office performance, which only managed $183 million against its $210 million budget, the film is considered a major flop by Hollywood standards. Tatum previously discussed his time on Jupiter Ascendingcalls it a “nightmare.”
while on the Happy Sad Confused podcast revealed to Kunis that she knew Jupiter Ascending would fail before filming began. The actor explained that prior to production, the budget for the film was cut in half, jeopardizing the film’s planned spectacle due to less money. Read below what Kunis said about Jupiter Ascending.
“When Did We Know” [the movie would flop]? Before we started production, because our production was cut in half. And so the original budget was twice as much, and you can do a lot more with a lot more money, and often those kinds of scripts have a really good storyline but extraordinary other things. Right before pre-production, for a lot of reasons with studios and other things, the budget was cut and the movie was different.”
Why budget cuts directly affect a movie’s story
Of Jupiter Ascending Being a high-concept science-fiction space opera, much of the film demanded a high budget to accommodate the visual and special effects necessary to realize the Wachowski’s grand vision. Kunis seems to understand that cutting the budget, especially by half, will affect not only the visuals of the film, but also its story. With reduced funding, scenes may need to be rewritten to reduce the need for effect shots, potentially affecting the quality of the film’s story.
While fans may continue to speculate whether Jupiter Ascending could have been improved by a bigger budget, the writing still needs to be strong for the film to succeed. There are plenty of independent science fiction films with relatively low budgets that have nevertheless managed to satisfy audiences with their effects and convince critics and fans with the quality of the script. Although Danny Boyle’s science fiction horror thriller, Sunshine, failed to make a profit at the box office, the strong writing by author and screenwriter Alex Garland garnered praise from critics, and the film developed a cult following. Of Jupiter Ascending failing both critically and financially, perhaps a bigger budget would have done little to save the film from its scripting flaws.
Source: Happy Sad Confused