August 22, 2002
Matrix News

Thanks to kaz for this news from Sydney:

Matrix industry worth $200m to economy
By Garry Maddox
August 23 2002

Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss have gone home, Keanu Reeves won't be far behind and Hugo Weaving is making a mini-series in Melbourne.

After more than 200 filming days, the two sequels to The Matrix are finally finishing their Sydney shoot.

While Fox Studios has hosted some major productions since it opened - including Mission: Impossible 2 and the last Star Wars episode - The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions have been a virtual industry.

The Premier, Bob Carr, said yesterday that the "giant undertaking" involved 800 full-time and 2500 part-time jobs over 18 months. There was work for 60 actors and 10,000 days' work for extras. "The Matrix producers say the contribution to the NSW economy exceeds $200 million."

Amid secrecy, directors Larry and Andy Wachowski started work on the sequels with a 70-day shoot for two major scenes in San Francisco. Early next month, they start a further 12-week shoot back in San Francisco.

Reloaded is to open in US cinemas next May with Revolutions following in November.

Earlier this year, producer Joel Silver said the final weeks of the Sydney shoot involved "a 14-minute sequence that is the most complicated sequence ever put on film". This period included three shoots from a helicopter on consecutive Sundays to give a "canyon-like perspective" of the city around dusk.

Silver also said the sequels aimed to be about something meaningful rather than just escapist action. "It's so weird to say this but it's a treatise on our times and where we're going and how to not go there. It's about global warming and the Catholic Church. It's about all that stuff that's going on in our lives that we can't really grab on to." The sequels were not separate movies. "It is one enormous movie that's being cut in half and being shown in two halves."

Reeves, who returns as the hacker-turned-hero Neo, gave a glimpse of the plot at a press conference. "The story goes outside The Matrix and starts to concern itself with machines in Zion. [Neo] is told by the Oracle that he has - it's not a destiny - choices that he will have to make that will affect the survival of the human race."

As well as Weaving, the Australian actors in the sequels include Robyn Nevin, Steve Bastoni and Lachy Hulme.


WHEEEEEE! He's coming home!!!

I don't know why but I just feel better when he's not half a world away.

Here's another link from kaz, too (I think it's basically the same news, focusing more on the positive effect to Aus. economy)

red pill | from inside the mind of krix at August 22, 2002 04:01 PM .

yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss, altho I feel bad for the aussies.
this damn libra thing is a bitch!

Posted by: tess on August 22, 2002 04:34 PM

*sigh* I just wish he were coming to MY home...

Posted by: Lori on August 22, 2002 09:24 PM

Mee too...:\

Posted by: Keanuette on August 23, 2002 11:10 AM

I don't know if they are done filming yet or not, but if they aren't, does anybody know an address where I can write to Keanu for his autograph?

Posted by: on December 21, 2002 02:50 PM

There are a few places where you can write to Keanu listed over at KeanuWeb here:

But, as far as anybody knows, he does not read fanmail and I don't think he sends out pictures either. Sorry.

Posted by: krix on December 21, 2002 04:13 PM

I think that the third film rocked. It ended nicely but there are certain things like at then end where the oracle says that she suspects she'll see neo again someday. There are certain unanswered things in the movie that are gonna keep me much. Did she mean that there is gonna be a hopeful 4th movie in the future....yeah i know matrix is a trilogy...but it would be nice to see something in the future. I'm gonna keep hoping for the time being.

Posted by: Jago on November 10, 2003 06:52 AM
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