Here it is, edited for your reading pleasure. Beware that it does include spoilers. Also, I edited only the language out of it for our General Audience.
Savant here. Oh boy.
I have a fella here who recently contacted me by email. That’s me, not the site — I don’t know how he got my email, since it isn’t published anywhere within reach. This guy, who wants to be called “Pikul”, after the Jude Law character in “eXistenZ” (where do you people come up with this? I have a valid reason for my moniker, what’s yours?) claims to be working with and has been on the set of the Matrix sequels (he suspiciously refuses to use the title “The Matrix Reloaded”). And he wants to talk; if he didn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this.
Now, let me prequalify this. I did as much research as I could on this guy, but remember, I’m just a rookie in this game. I’m not Ain’t-It-Cool with a couple hundred spies to double-check with. I can confirm this Pikul is a film veteran, but I cannot confirm his current project. I know he is not an extra, and I’m pretty sure he’s not a shill, but in all honesty, I don’t trust this guy… yet.
The first thing I asked him, by the way, is: ‘Why give the scoop to FilmJerk?’ Ed, of course, would beat me for looking a gift horse in the mouth, but its my job to find out such things. Pikul’s short response: ‘Because you won’t sell out. I like your work and you’re willing to do what the others won’t.’ Hey man, if I won’t sell out, why am I printing your crap?
And that’s why I’m gonna go ahead and write this article. I honestly don’t care if it’s true or not… if I find out I’ve been snaked, I’ll write another one and completely lambaste this motherfucker, but in the meantime, it’ll entertain you. So take it with a grain of salt.
One more thing: BEWARE OF POTENTIAL SPOILERS! Okay, have you gone away yet? Good, here you go.
[Producer Joel Silver] and his team have kept a pretty tight veil around things, and I’m not quite high enough on the chain to see the whole picture. This shoot has people dedicated specifically to keeping leaks from reaching the net, so I must be careful. I managed to get my hands on a copy of the script for a few minutes – only a few minutes. Even holding a copy in your hands could be ground for getting fired, so I skim through it as quick as I can. I’ll give you the summary glance.
The basis of the story is rooted in Christian mythology, keeping in touch with the Christ theme of the first film. The machines continue to attempt to penetrate Zion, but they cannot, because they are not human enough, or clever enough, or whatever, I don’t know – they just can’t. So they devise a way to mess with Zion from the inside out. Since the machines outnumber the humans, the war must be fought where the humans have the advantage – The Matrix. Neo goes in and attempts to access into the program – not the Matrix itself, but the AI that control the software – but the agents have already set a trap for him. I’m not going to go into further details partially since I didn’t get to finish my read, but I’ll just say I’m pretty worried at this point. You ever watch Star Trek and see those episodes on the holodeck, where there are realities within realities and mindbending stuff like that? The point is, where the film is going at times has already been done before.
I’ve seen glimpses of the [storyboards] and the action looks pretty sweet, there’s some insane sequences, including notes and scribbles referring to camerawork that I don’t recognize. But I already expected the action to be heartstopping – I’m puzzled about the story, and where they are going with it. I’ll also say that there’s some nice, creepy/ironic moments about Neo sacrificing himself like Jesus – or being sacrificed by Zion – not really sure which.
I’ll reserve my final judgment for two things – the finished film, and when I get another chance to hawk at the script. I’ll write you again with more on the story and some production details, but know this – I do a lot of talking to the cast and crew, and I’m hearing some buzz about an “Empire Strikes Back” style twist at the end that’s been omitted from the script. Those who claim knowledge of the twist claim they haven’t read it.
There you have it, you decide if it’s kosher or not. We’ll see, I guess. In the meantime, chatter amongst yourselves.