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On This Day in Matrix History...
  The Associated Press took a break from the bleak news of the day, instead turning its high-powered research capabilities to the Gordian Knot known as the "Matrix" trilogy. Drawing upon the films and the "The Animatrix" shorts, the AP has assembled what appears to be a fairly reasonable "Matrix" timeline that stretches from the first moments of sentient robots up through the happenings of "Revolutions." Granted, this isn't a Wachowski-approved timeline, but it's worth a look nonetheless.
Posted: 11/05/03

Review: The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Reloaded (Grade: B) — Following up a groundbreaking film is hard. Following up with only one-half of the full story is even harder. The Wachowski brothers pull it off...sort of. Reviewed by Brian Orndorf.
    Posted: 06/08/03

  • Matrix Villain Branches Out
      SPOILER: In an interview with Sci Fi Wire, Hugo Weaving says his "Matrix" character, the sociopathic wireframe known as Agent Smith, is no longer part of the Matrix. "He's basically working for himself," Weaving says. "But he has the same goal and the same purpose and focus, which is to destroy Neo." He does not, however, have the same benefits package and the freelance taxes are a monster bitch.
    Posted: 02/24/03

    Oh My: Matrix Sequels Previewed in Newsweek
      The latest issue of Newsweek features a massive "Matrix" article that's brimming with insider information. In fact, much of the content is borderline spoiler material, so if you want to know absolutely nothing about the "Reloaded" and "Revolutions" sequels, do not read this article. Seriously. Don't even glance at the thing. The piece goes into detail about new characters, rough plot points and climactic battles and features a couple of new production shots.

    Both films are scheduled to premiere next year: "Reloaded" arrives in May and "Revolutions" unspools in November.
    Posted: 12/23/02

    Matrix Revolutions Gets a Date
      Warner Bros. has set May 15, 2003 as the official release date for "The Matrix Reloaded," reports Variety. The third film, "The Matrix Revolutions," will be released later in 2003.
    Posted: 07/11/02

    Matrix Teaser Trailer Ready for Download
      It's time to fire up Quicktime and visit to download the spankin' new teaser trailer for "Matrix Reloads" and "Matrix Revolutions" (yes, it covers both sequels). The trailer will likely be attached to "Episode II" as well.
    Posted: 05/16/02

    Matrix Sequel Pictures Offer Glimpse Into 2003
      Time Magazine has scored a juicy "Matrix" exclusive--a feature story and seven pictures from the next installment, "The Matrix Reloaded."

    The plot to the sequels is, as you'd expect, a secret, so the "Time" article offers little in the way of story revelations. The only insight, if it can be called that, comes from star Keanu Reeves who says: "The first one is about birth. The second one is life; the third is death." Allrighty.

    Cryptic nonsense aside, the article says 2003 will be saturated by the "Matrix," with the first film--"Reloaded"--premiering in May 2003 and the final chapter--"Revolutions"--unspooling in either August or November.
    Posted: 05/07/02

    Matrix Producers Schedule Subtle Fireball
      Reports are popping up online saying that the "Matrix Reloaded" team working in Sydney, Australia has applied for a permit to build a $200,000 set at an abandoned power station. By itself this is useless information, but since the filmmakers' intention is to blow the living hell out of the set, these reports are marginally interesting. At midnight on February 14 the set will erupt into a 65-foot, crackling fireball that'll echo across the land at 110 decibels (the same level achieved at rock concerts, which, in case you hadn't noticed, is really friggin' loud). The reports fail to mention who will be responsible for the area's sudden increase in Valentine's Day coronaries.
    Posted: 01/02/02

    Official Matrix 2 Title Revealed
      Earlier this week Warner Bros. announced the title for the "Matrix" sequel. If you're like me and somehow missed this significant tidbit of information, you should do as I did and promptly atone by watching the "Matrix" hallway scene with your surround-sound blasting at its highest possible decibel.

    But enough with this atonement nonsense. The official, legitimate, legally-binding title is ... "The Matrix Reloaded."

    If your face is contorted as though you just caught an unpleasant scent and your initial thought was "Ummm, what?" you're not alone.

    At first glance this sounds like a joke, but a Warner Bros. press release (picked up by Coming Soon) giddily unveils the official title and also confirms that Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving will reprise their roles. As noted by Coming Attractions, no explanation about this "Reloaded" business has been provided, thereby opening the door to bizarre theories (posited by me) about an AI counter-attack involving mass doses of Viagra.
    Posted: 05/11/01

    Bye, Bye, Neo: Jet Li Bails on Matrix Sequels
      Back in April, news surfaced that Jet Li was being courted to star in the two "Matrix" sequels. After a brief flurry of activity, including some pseudo-official announcements of Li's involvement, further news has been scarce. But now, Variety columnist Michael Fleming says Li has passed on the opportunity and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" star Michelle Yeoh is in the lead for Li's vacated role.

    The reason for Li's non-committal is, as always, money. The hefty $30-million salary of Keanu Reeves combined with the many hands in the profit-sharing pot have depleted the production's resources to the point where Li was offered $1.5 million per picture — a number way below the $9.5-million rate he's commanding. While a significant paycut is a reasonable excuse for exiting a picture, Li may come to regret the move if the "Matrix" trilogy taps into the same reverence given to the first three "Star Wars" classics. Of course, Li is one of the few people on the planet who has a legitimate chance to kick his own ass, so self-inflicted punishment is always an option.

    Yeoh, best known as the woman who stole the show from Pierce Brosnan in "Tomorrow Never Dies," is garnering critical and audience acclaim for her work in Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Oscar talk has started to buzz around the film, which means the "Matrix" money-handlers will have to sign Yeoh soon before more nominations are announced and her asking price goes up.
    Posted: 12/19/00

    "Matrix 2" Storyboards Sneak Onto Net
    the one called Trinity  
    © 1999 Warner Bros.  
    News on the "Matrix" sequels has been sparse, so when bits surface that may be apocryphal it's still worth noting. That's the case with three "Matrix 2" storyboards posted at Ain't it Cool News. The first two boards depict a fight scene, complete with busted cars and flames, but the third is the most interesting because it shows a wee piece of Zion, which is what we all want to see anyway. Again, I have no idea if these are real or not, but they're fun to look at nonetheless.

    Speaking of Zion, a recent interview with Mr. "Whoa" himself, Keanu Reeves, revealed that we will definitely see the underground city in the next two movies. Reeves is quoted: "We'll be visiting the world of Zion and that's about all I can tell you." I'd call that a confirmation. To read the full interview, Visit the IMDb

    The "Matrix 2" and "3" will be filmed back-to-back beginning next spring. "Matrix 2" is tentatively set for a Christmas 2002 release, but that may be changed if the Screen Actor's Guild strike goes through.
    Posted: 10/01/00

    Jet Li Confirmed for "Matrix" Sequels; Editors Agog
      Back in April casting rumors suggested that Jet Li would have roles in the "Matrix" sequels and now IGN Filmforce has confirmed this wondrous news. That's right ladies and gentleman, Jet Li -- the man who can move faster than a cheetah on a sugar high -- will be darting, kicking and swooshing through the upcoming "Matrix" movies. The Kung-fu scenes in the first "Matrix" were exceptional, but they might pale in comparison to the stunts Li can perform. Just imagine what a legitimate martial arts expert could do with bullet time. Whoa nellie.
    Posted: 6/19/00

    Jet Li in Matrix Sequels: An Excellent Idea
    There is No Spoon
      © Warner Bros.
    The Hollywood Reporter says that Jet Li, the so-fast-it-hurts martial arts expert in "Lethal Weapon 4" and "Romeo Must Die," might be cast in the upcoming "Matrix" sequels. A number of hurdles have to be overcome, most notably the lack of scripts, but the "Reporter" says the Wachowski Brothers are keen on making a deal. When the Wachowskis are keen, good things happen. Posted: 4/05/00