Animatrix and Reloaded Updates
First up, the Official Matrix Site has posted a batch of new stills from the upcoming animated Matrix DVD Animatrix. Featuring a batch of short stories set in the Matrix universe, this DVD is set to be released in 2003.
Next up, Countingdown.com reports on an article in the "Mail on Sunday" which interviews the cast and crew of the Matrix film:
Keanu Reeves and a producer both talk about how hard and secretive the production has been:
'It was tough,' says Reeves. 'I don't think people understand just how physically taxing this work is. I had to go on a very strict diet and endure vigorous, rigorous training. I started in October 2000 and have devoted my entire life to these films ever since.' The directors of the original film, brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski, are secretive to the verge of paranoia about the sequels.
'The scripts were written in a special ink that couldn't be photocopied,' says one producer. 'The sets were closed. Nobody was allowed to bring in cameras and we all had special passes. They even hired a security firm to bring more minders and guards. It was like Fort Knox.'
Reeves says: 'We are all aware that we are involved in making history. It's a great honour to be involved in these films. None of us wants to ruin it for the fans by remaining so secretive but we don't think anyone will be disappointed.' What can be revealed, however, is that Reeves's character, Neo, goes to an underground city called Zion, inhabited by 250,000 people who have escaped their cyber-imprisonment.
Finally, the New York Times ran an article on how The Matrix changed action movies:
And finally, some people see in movies like "The Matrix," a tendency toward greater thematic and character complexity in the action genre -- and away from the simplistic revenge plots that drove the genre for most of the last 15 years. This may be wishful thinking, of course.
"Once you have seen a movie like 'The Matrix,' you can't unsee it," said Paul Dergarabedian, chairman of Exhibitor Relations, a Los Angeles-based company that monitors movie box-office totals. "And it changed the way people thought about action movies, and what they expected of them.
'The Matrix' gave this type of movie a brain," said Jeanine Basinger, chairwoman of the film studies department at Wesleyan University. "It really did change everything. Filmmakers now realize that action doesn't have to be dumb. Moviegoers have always known this, but it's taken until now for filmmakers to catch up. So a whole thing lies ahead, which is really going to be the maturing of this entire genre, whoever the stars are going to be."