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Mr. T
26th Mar 2000, 06:46 PM
Matrix 2 and 3 info if anyone's interested:

Having established that he is "The One", Neo continues his struggle to liberate humankind from the clutches of the evil artificial intelligence known as the Matrix.

Spencer Lamm, a producer at the Wachowski Brothers' Redpill Productions, spoke before an audience of Matrix fans at the recent San Diego Comicon. It wasn't long into the discussion before the topic of sequels was broached by those in attendance, and Lamm kindly obliged the crowd by sharing a few nuggets of info including the reason why the Wachowski brothers have chosen to film the movies consecutively a la Back to the Future 2 & 3. "The reason they want to do it back-to-back is that they love serial fiction," Lamm explained. "They love the idea of action drawing you on to [where] the stakes get raised. They're also really conscious of a two-hour frame we all plug in to. We know when certain plot points have to happen in a film because of the genre conventions. They played with the genre conventions ... in The Matrix and they now want to take that a little bit further and play with the whole structure of the story. You can't do that in a two hour story but if you [release the sequels] together you can play with the structure and totally screw with the audience." The next two movies are definitely sequels and not prequels despite some fan confusion on that matter. Prequels remain a possibility in the future, but nothing firm there is set.

Clarifying his statement that the movies would be released together, Lamm said, "The plan is to release [the second movie] at the beginning of the Summer and [the third movie] at the end of the Summer. It's going to be an Empire Strikes Back-type cliffhanger -- maybe a little bit more amped because the whole thing is going to rest on the fact that when you see them both it will be a lot bigger bang." It's hard to say which Summer exactly it will be when the movies will arrive in theaters. When asked whether the Matrix sequels would be ready for 2001, Lamm said, "At this point it is just going in to pre-production. Just figure that [word like that] will be dribbling out in the next few months."

As far as plot info went, there was little rock solid detail to be had. However, Lamm discussed what he thought would likely show up in the films. Specifically, odds seem to be in favor of moviegoers seeing the much talked about hidden human city in the next films. "I would be shocked if we don't see Zion," Lamm remarked. However, he suggested that we should be highly suspicious of early plot rumors out now, since the Wachowskis are still in negotiations for the project with Warner Bros., and because of that, haven't written the sequel scripts yet. One such rumor not to be trusted claims that Neo will face a man with matrix manipulating abilities similar to his (sort an the Anti-Christ figure to Neo's messiah figure). On the villainous end of things, the bad men in black we saw in the first movie were only the tip of the iceberg. Of Hugo Weaving's character, Lamm speculated, "You get the sense that you've killed him, but did you kill him? Meaning [he] is like [computer language] zeroes and ones, essentially. There's [room] left to explore as to other agents [or] the same agents."

The Buzz:
Though it has been rumored before, word has it that Keanu Reeves is on the verge of signing a deal to participate in two sequels to Warner Bros. hit The Matrix that looks to net the actor a truckload of money. According to Variety columnist, Michael Fleming, once he signs, Reeves will be guaranteed $30M plus 15% of the film?s gross.

Regarding production of the sequels, starting in fall 2000 Larry and Andy Wachowski will begin work on shooting the second and third films back to back, as previously suggested. Fleming reports that the shooting schedule for the films is likely to be in the 250 day range.

The columnist also reports that Reeves is in the running to star in a remake of the 1968 romance Sweet September for WB. Should he sign on, Reeves will likely participate in that project first before Matrix 2 and 3 starts up.

As yet, Warner Bros. hasn?t worked out deals with Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss to reprise their roles from the first film, but this would seem to be imminent due to the signing of Reeves.

26th Mar 2000, 06:53 PM

Cap'n Beeb
26th Mar 2000, 09:38 PM
*proceeds to $H|T all over himself with excitement*

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