curiosities about the Matrix film

I want you all to stand on the first Matrix film for a sec. Specifically in the beginning It in the studio apartirent that seems overgrown with
technology. This is Larry and Andy Wachowski wrote in the original script for the scene:

We are on-line, inside a chat room called “The Matrix.”

It is an exklusive web-site where hackers hang out.

SCREEN
JACKON: I heard Morpheus has been
on this board.
SUPERASTIC: Morpheus doesn’t even
exist and the Matrix is nothing
but an advertising gimmick 4 a new
game.
TIMAXE: All I want to know is
Trinity really a girl?
LODIII: 87% of all women on line
are really men.
QUARK: The Matrix is a euphemism
for the government.
SUPERASTIC: No, The Matrix is the
system controlling our lives.
TIMAXE: You mean MTV.
SUPERASTIC: I mean Sega.
FOS4: ALL HAIL SEGA!!!

We drift back from the electric conversation entering —

INT. NEO’S APARTMENT

It is a studio apartirent that seems overgrown with
technology.

Weed-like cables coil everywhere, duct-taped into
thickets that wind up and around the legs of several
desks.

Tabletops are filled with cannibalized equipment that lay
open like an autopsied corpse.

We turn towards the center of this rat-nest of
technology, following the slurping and crunching of
cereal. We pass an open box of Capln Crunch as we find —

NEO, a younger man who knows more about living inside a
computer than living outside one.

NEO
Fuckin’ idiots don’t know shit.

He finishes his cereal and is about to disconnect when an
anonynous message slices onto the screen.

SCREEN
Do you want to know what the
Matrix is, Neo?

Neo is frozen when he reads his name.

SCREEN
SUPERASTIC: Who said that?
JACKON: Who’s Neo?
GIBSON: This is a private board.

If you want to know, follow the
white rabbit.

NEO
What the hell…

SCREEN
TIMAXE: Someone is hacking the
hackers!
FOS4: It’s Morpheus!!!!!
JACKON: Identify yourself.

Knock, knock, Neo.

Image

Pretty neat, huh? There are many things that changed from the original draft script. Read it if you want to figure many more cool facts about the film.
But there’s something else. I’ve been intrigued in the first Matrix film, when Neo sells out the discs off his front door. What are those discs all about? What is it in those discs that make them be worth $2,000?

According to the original script, it’s a program that lets one hack into the city computer system and delete parking tickets. So the mystery disc originally was for removing parking tickets from the system. Yup. Who would’ve known right? It’s a good thing that the filmmakers improved the script when they left the usage of the disk up to the imagination of the audience.

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