Producer Joel Silver and directors Larry and Andy Wachowski, currently preparing for the Australian portion of the second and third installments of “The Matrix” franchise, joined Warner Bros. Pictures today in extending their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Aaliyah, who was the victim of a plane crash Saturday.
Aaliyah was a principal cast member in both films and had begun shooting, although the majority of her scenes were scheduled to begin production in September. No production decisions have been made. “The Matrix Reloaded” is scheduled for release in 2003.
Joel Silver, who also worked with Aaliyah on her feature acting debut, last year’s “Romeo Must Die,” said today: “We are all deeply saddened by this tragedy. Aaliyah’s acting career was just blossoming. She had remarkable talent and charisma and great potential. The Wachowskis and I, as well as the production executives at Warner Bros. Pictures, were looking forward to working with her in the two Matrix films as well as many other future projects. Her passing is a tremendous loss. Our hearts go out to her loved ones.”