About The Production
The comic-book and graphic-novel culture has
long examined the dramatic possibilities of alternate realities
- places where the laws of physics, biology or time are made to
be broken. Larry and Andy Wachowski grew up exploring ideas that
challenge the current perceptions of reality, and they began their
writing careers developing those ideas. "The Matrix"
grew out of the unconventional literature that they read and wrote,
as well as their long-time interest in and knowledge of classic
mythology and legend. Say the brothers, "We believe passionately
in the importance of mythology and the way it informs culture."
Their ideas were further refined through their exploration of
the developing world of the Internet. For writers and filmmakers
who have come of age after the emergence of personal computers,
the online universe is both an exciting and fertile new avenue
of creative expression, and a ubiquitous and somewhat sinister
element of contemporary life. The Wachowskis explored both sides
of the technological revolution when they created The Matrix.
Say the Wachowskis, "We began with the premise that every
single thing we believe in today and every single physical item
is actually a total fabrication created by an electronic universe."
The brothers developed this disturbing thought into an intricate
story that blends action, stylish imagery and a complex consideration
of what actually constitutes reality.
The Wachowskis continue, "Throughout history there have been
people who have sought deeper meaning from life and have come
to astonishing revelations. In this story we wanted to show what
happens to a small group of people who ask questions that have
very shocking answers. We wanted their discoveries to be the beginning
of the story, not the end; what interested us is what those people
would do once their awareness was expanded by what they had learned."
Although the Wachowski brothers first gained widespread attention
and critical accolades when they wrote and directed the dark romantic
heist thriller, "Bound," they had already written "The
Matrix" before they began working on "Bound." They
sent their completed script to producer Joel Silver, who has explored
alternative futures in such hit movies as "Predator"
and "Demolition Man." He was immediately fascinated
and acquired the property.
Explains Silver, "The Matrix' is a very complex story; it
takes place in the future but it is told in the present. Larry
and Andy have spent years fine-tuning the script so the audience
can accept and understand this story. Very rarely do you find
filmmakers who know so exactly what they want and are as decisive
as these two guys."
The filmmakers' plan for the movie was to combine their provocative
dramatic premise with images, effects and action that would truly
astound audiences, and fight scenes using Asian cinematic techniques
of wire fighting that would break new ground with their intensity
and style. Further, the Wachowskis sought out cutting-edge camera
techniques to enable them to render entire sequences in ways that
action films have never been seen before.
But before they could bring their vision to life, they needed
to choose and prepare their cast.
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