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The Matrix: The Shooting Scriptby Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski
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For the first time in the acclaimed Newmarket Shooting Script® series format, the screenplay for one of the most successful films in history.
A surprise box-office hit when it opened in theaters in the spring of 1999, The Matrix has proven to be nothing short of a phenomenon, setting records for DVD sales, winning four Oscars® — Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing — and spawning two sequels for release in 2002 and 2003.
The extraordinary vision of writers/directors Larry and Andy Wachowski is captured in its purest form with the film's shooting script. The tale of Thomas Anderson, aka Neo (Keanu Reeves), a computer hacker forced to confront his special destiny in the salvation of mankind, challenges our perceptions of reality and expands our expectations of what a movie can be. The 122 pages of the script are presented in facsimile form. Also included are scene notes about the script written by Phil Oosterhouse, assistant to the Wachowskis throughout the making of the film; 20 b/w film still photos; and full credits.
An innovative and original screenplay based on Philip K. Dick's masterpiece.
“An accident has occurred. Joe Chip and his colleagues—all but one of them—have narrowly escaped an explosion at a moon base. Or is it the other way round? Did Joe and the others die, and did the one fatality, Glen Runciter, actually survive? . . . From the stuff of space opera, Dick spins a deeply unsettling existential horror story, a nightmare you’ll never be sure you’ve woken up from.”—Lev Grossman, Time
In 1974, Philip K. Dick was commissioned to write a screenplay based on his novel Ubik. The film was eventually scrapped, but the screenplay was saved and later published in 1985. Featuring scenes that are not in the book and a surreal playfulness—the style of the writing goes back in time just like the technology in the book’s dreamworld—this screenplay is the only one Dick wrote and features his signature mix of paranoia, humor, and big-idea philosophy.
Includes detailed scene notes by Paul Oosterhouse, assistant to the Wachowskis throughout the making of the movie.
About the Author
Larry and Andy Wachowski have been working together for 32 years, and previously wrote and directed Bound. They are currently at work on two sequels to The Matrix: Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions.
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