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A 3D conversion of “The Matrix” trilogy would be “intense,” says Carrie-Anne Moss

A 3D conversion of “The Matrix” trilogy would be “intense,” says Carrie-Anne Moss (photo)

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With Disney making bank on their 3D revival of “The Lion King” and iconic favorites like “Star Wars” and “Titanic” coming down the third-dimensional pike, one has to wonder whether one of the biggest sci-fi franchises of the past thirty years could also be targeted for a conversion. Of course we’re talking about “The Matrix” trilogy, which pushed the limits of filmmaking with its first installment in 1999 and never looked back. So given the Wachowski siblings’ flair for cinema technology, it seems likely the innovative movies have to be on the mind of Warner Bros. execs.

With that in mind, when we caught up with Trinity herself, Carrie-Anne Moss, we asked her if she’s heard anything on the matter or whether she’d even like to see a 3D version. The actress, currently starring in “Fireflies in the Garden,” has also joined the cast of “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.” The project marks her first foray into the third realm, which as she tells us is a completely new format for her, even as a viewer.


James Cameron is converting “Titanic” into 3D, and Disney announced earlier this week that they’re re-releasing a bunch of their movies in 3D. It seems like “The Matrix” would be a perfect fit for 3D conversion. Has anyone talked to you about that?

I hadn’t heard that, but I could see that. I have no idea, but that would be trippy, wouldn’t it? Yeah – that would be intense.

I keep thinking of the shot of you jumping from the first one and how great that might look.

Right. Yeah, that’s interesting – an interesting thought.

How much do you like 3D as it’s become more commonplace in the industry?

Not so much. [B]ut not because I like it or don’t like it. I just haven’t – I don’t think I’ve seen a 3D movie at all. At “Silent Hill” when I got to the premiere, that will probably be the first one that I will see.

You didn’t see “Avatar?”

No, I didn’t.

Wow, I think you’re the last one.

Really? Well, I mean, how would I? I can’t even see it now in 3D, right? But you know what? I have three small kids and I like to rent movies, but going actually out to the movies, I’m not in that stage right now. I love going to movies, but I kind of had to put that on hold. It’s like, if you have a couple of hours to actually do something, you maybe want to go and have dinner and talk, not sit and watch something, you know?

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bourne Movies

Catch The Bourne Ultimatum this month on IFC.

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You know his name, as the Super Bowl teaser for the upcoming summer blockbuster Jason Bourne reminded us. In this era of franchise films, that seems to be more than enough to get another entry in the now 15-year-old series greenlit. And gosh darn it if we aren’t into it. Before you catch The Bourne Ultimatum on IFC, here are some surprising facts about the Bourne movies that you may not know. And unlike Jason Bourne, try not to forget them.


10. Matt Damon was a long shot to play Jason Bourne.

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Universal Pictures

Coming off of Good Will Hunting and The Legend of Bagger Vance, early ’00s Matt Damon didn’t exactly scream “ripped killing machine.” In fact, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and even Sylvester Stallone were all offered the part before it fell into the hands of the Boston boy made good. It was his enthusiasm for director Doug Liman’s more frenetic vision that ultimately helped land him the part.


9. Love interest Marie was almost played by Sarah Polley.

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Universal Pictures

Damon wasn’t the only casting surprise. Franka Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, wasn’t the filmmaker’s first choice for the role or Marie in The Bourne Identity. In fact, Liman wanted his Go star Sarah Polley for the part, but she turned it down in favor of making indie movies back in Canada. A quick rewrite changed the character from American Marie Purcell to European Marie Helena Kreutz, and the rest is movie history.


8. Director Doug Liman was obsessed with the Bourne books.

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Universal Pictures

Liman had long been a fan of the Bourne book series. When Warner Bros.’ rights to the books lapsed in the late ’90s, Liman flew himself to author Robert Ludlum’s Montana home, mere days after earning his pilot’s license. The author was so impressed with his passion for the material, he sold the rights on the spot.


7. Liman’s father actually worked for the NSA.

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Universal Pictures

Part of Liman’s fasciation with the Bourne series was that his own father played the same spy craft games portrayed in the books while working for the NSA. In fact, many of the Treadstone details were taken from his father’s own exploits, and Chris Cooper’s character, Alex Conklin, was based on Oliver Stone, whom Arthur Liman famously cross examined as chief counsel of the Iran-Contra hearings.


6. Tony Gilroy threw the novel’s story out while writing The Bourne Identity.

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Universal Picutres

Despite being based on a hit book, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, coming off of The Devil’s Advocate, had no idea how to adapt it into a movie. He said the book was more concerned with people “running to airports” than character, and would need a complete rewrite. Director Doug Liman agreed, and Gilroy claims to have condensed the original novel into the first five minutes. Getting that out of the way, he then wrote his own story, based on a man who wakes up one day not remembering anything but how to kill.


5. Damon walked like a boxer to get into character.

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Universal Picutres

Damon had never played a character like Bourne before, and was searching for a way to capture his physicality. Doug Liman told him to walk like a boxer to give Jason Bourne an edge. Damon took that to heart, training for six months in boxing, marital arts and firearms.


4. Damon broke an actor’s nose.

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Universal Pictures

Damon’s training for the films is legendary, but mistakes still happen. While filming a scene for The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon hit actor Tim Griffin so hard, he shattered his nose. Apparently, the space the scene was filmed in was smaller than originally intended, throwing Damon off just enough to exert a real beat down.


3. James Bond visited The Bourne Legacy set.

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Eon Productions

Actor Daniel Craig stopped by the set of The Bourne Legacy to visit his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, who was starring in the movie. While having James Bond on a Bourne set must have been exciting, The Bourne Legacy was the only Bourne movie to not actually feature Jason Bourne, meaning our bets on who would kick whose ass would have to wait for another day.


2. The Bourne Identity was nearly a bomb (in the box office sense).

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Universal Pictures

As reshoots began to pile up, and an all-out war between the studio and director Doug Liman spilled into the press, expectations were that The Bourne Identity was going to flop. Matt Damon told GQ that, “the word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey…It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good.”


1. Matt Damon wasn’t the first actor to play Bourne.

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Warner Brothers Television

Aired on ABC in 1988, the TV movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity, while not exactly critically acclaimed, was a more faithful version of Ludlum’s book. Richard Chamberlain, of The Thorn Birds fame, played a much less ass-kicking spy, while “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith played love interest Marie. If you like your Bourne movies heavy with poorly lit ’80s melodrama, this might just be the adaptation for you. Otherwise, you should catch The Bourne Ultimatum when it airs this month on IFC.

New “Hugo” trailer features Martin Scorsese proclaiming his love of 3D

New “Hugo” trailer features Martin Scorsese proclaiming his love of 3D (photo)

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Much has been made of “Hugo” being the first foray into 3D for legendary director Martin Scorsese, and apparently the filmmaker is just as excited as anyone else to see the results. In a new trailer for the film, Scorsese raves about the medium — describing it as a “dream” to use — as scenes from the movie play underneath.

Unsurprisingly, the trailer still only reveals a tiny fraction of the plot. As someone who has seen a largely finished cut of the film, I can say that the main storyline has remained almost completely hidden in the marketing. It does involve an adventure involving two children but the trailers have only shown events from the first half of the film, and it’s a large pivot in the second half that Scorsese has managed to keep under wraps. For more on that, read my colleague Matt Singer’s impressions of the work-in-progress screening that we attended. “Hugo” arrives in theaters November 23.

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The Wachowskis return to sci-fi with “Jupiter Ascending”

The Wachowskis return to sci-fi with “Jupiter Ascending” (photo)

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The Wachowskis are returning to the sci-fi genre almost a decade after the last “Matrix” movie hit theaters. Deadline is reporting that Lana and Andy Wachowski have a new film called “Jupiter Ascending” that they’re setting up with Warner Bros and will be their next film after “Cloud Atlas” wraps. Talks have already begun to figure out which A-list star will lead the flick, though the premise for the movie is being kept tightly under wraps.

Like “The Matrix” trilogy, “Jupiter Ascending” will be an original property created by the Wachowski siblings. It will be the first original project they’ve put in front of the camera since “The Matrix Revolutions” premiered in 2003. The only other film the duo has directed since was 2008’s flashy adaptation of “Speed Racer.”

They are currently filming segments of the upcoming adaptation of “Cloud Atlas.” The ensemble flick stars actors like Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Jim Sturgess. To help cover the scope of the film, which follows numerous storylines and takes place during several time periods, the Wachowskis enlisted the help of their co-writer Tom Tykwer to help direct the project.

Because Deadline is reporting that “Jupiter Ascending” will be their first movie following “Cloud Atlas,” it seems like the Wachowskis have scrapped production on their untitled Iraqi war love story for the time being. Last year they made a desperate attempt to find funding for the project, which was also based on one of their original screenplays, but no studios were interested. After briefly toying with the idea of financing it themselves, it seems like the Wachowskis have instead decided to pursue a more sell-able project.

“Jupiter Ascending” should start production by spring. There’s no word yet on what year we can expect the film to hit theaters.

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