'Matrix' machine comes to Japan
by Alan Wan
TOKYO (CBS.MW) -- Keanu Reeves says "The Matrix" movie franchise owes its popularity to the vision of the writer-director duo of brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski to create a film with broad appeal.
"The film has universal elements," the actor said during a Tokyo publicity tour for "The Matrix Reloaded," the blockbuster sequel about humans battling against enslavement by computers.
"It's enjoyable and rich in terms of stories, and I believe that there is something for everyone," he said. Reeves attended a news conference along with producer Joel Silver and fellow cast members Lawrence Fishburne, Jada Pinkett and Hugo Weaving.
"The Matrix Reloaded" -- distributed by Warner Bros., a unit of AOL Time Warner (AOL: news, chart, profile) -- will make its debut in Japan later this week. The movie has already set a record for the biggest opening week in U.S. history.
Silver said the third installment of the series will open Nov. 5. He said that "The Matrix Revolutions" was initially supposed to open during the summer but the plan was delayed because the visual effects required more work as they were "far more complicated" than in the previous movies.
That's fine for Weaving, who pointed out the Nov. 5 launch date may prove to me more apt, given that is also Guy Fawkes Day in Britain. Fawkes, a revolutionary, was executed for conspiring in the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the king and members of the British Parliament.