- Wachowski brothers
Laurence "Larry" Wachowski (born
June 21, 1965) and Andrew Paul "Andy" Wachowski (born December 29, 1967), collectively known as The Wachowski Brothers, are American filmdirectors, writers and producers, most famous for creating "The Matrix" series. Their most recent project was producing, writing, and directing a live-action adaptation of " Speed Racer".
Andy and Larry Wachowski were born to a
Polish-Americanfamily [cite web
title =Wachowski Brothers Reload
publisher =The World of English
accessdate =2007-09-30 ] in
Chicago. The Wachowskis jokingly claim to have begun their collaboration as toddlers. Their mother, Lynne, was a nurse and painter, and their father, Ron, was a businessman. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/78/Andy-Wachowski.html Andy Wachowski Biography (1967-) ] ] They went to Kellogg Elementary School, in Chicago's Beverly area. Both brothers graduated from Whitney Young High School, a public high school known for its performing arts and science curriculum, in 1983 and '86. They weren't seen as stand outs at Whitney Young - students recall them playing Dungeons & Dragonsand working in the school's theater and TV program, but they were always behind the scenes. Afterwards, Andy went to Emerson Collegein Boston. Larry went to Bard Collegein upstate New York. After dropping out of college, they ran a carpentrybusiness in Chicago while creating comic books in their free time and developing their ideas for the Matrix Trilogy. [http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.11/matrix.html Matrix Revelations: The Wachowski Brothers FAQ] ("Wired")]
The brothers admit to a love for telling multipart stories. "Because we grew up on comic books and the Tolkien trilogy, one of the things we're interested in is bringing serial fiction to cinema," Larry explains. Andy puts his desire to shake up viewers a bit more bluntly: "We think movies are fairly boring and predictable. We want to screw with audiences' expectations." [ [http://www.filmbug.com/db/341821 Larry Wachowski @ Filmbug ] ]
Prior to working in the film industry, the Wachowski brothers wrote comic books for
Marvel Comics' Razorlineimprint, namely " Ectokid" (created by horror novelist Clive Barker) in 1993 as well as writing for EPIC Comics "Clive Barker's Hellraiser" and "Clive Barker's Nightbreed" comic series.
In 2003, they created
Burlyman Entertainmentand have released comic books based on " The Matrix" as well two original bi-monthly series:
Shaolin Cowboy" - created, written, and art by Geof Darrow(with the Wachowski Brothers contributing an opening dialogue to each issue)
Doc Frankenstein" - created by Geoff Darrow and Steve Skroce, written by the Wachowski Brothers, with art by Skroce.
During Skroce's run on the Marvel Comics series "Gambit", he helped create a pair of bounty hunters, the Mengo Brothers (Stanislaus and Gregori Mengochauschras), as adversaries, who resemble the Wachowskis.
Lana Wachowski rumor
Shortly after the release of "Matrix Reloaded", it was rumored that Larry Wachowski began to make small public appearances dressed as a woman, using the name Lana Wachowski.cite web
title =Lana Wachowski Creator of the Matrix & Transsexual?
accessdate =2007-09-30 ] In his column, published May 30, 2003, David Poland said "Every indication I have says that Larry Wachowski is now in the process of changing his sex. Dressing in public like a woman, taking female hormones and yes, having a sex change operation." This was further supported by a March 2006 "
San Francisco Chronicle" article on transgenderpeople, which repeated that Larry Wachowski, "has changed his sex and is now living as Lana Wachowski." [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/03/20/DDGR9HQ5S11.DTL Veronica Klaus is brassy and confident onstage] ] The rumor is likely exacerbated by Larry Wachowski's supposed penchant for cross-dressing, as reported by " Rolling Stone". [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/9138137/the_mystery_of_larry_wachowski The Mystery of Larry Wachowski] ]
However, in a 2007 interview
Joel Silver, the producer of numerous Wachowski films, stated that the rumors concerning Larry's sex change were "all untrue", further explaining, "they just don’t do interviews, so people make things up." Similar statements were made by crew members working on the "Speed Racer" film, with one employee pointing out, "on the call sheets, it still says Larry." [ [http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,295909,00.html No Sex Change for 'Matrix' Director Larry Wachowski] ]
* "Assassins" (1995) (story, screenplay credits)
* "Bound" (1996) (written and directed, executive producers)
The Matrix" (1999) (written and directed, executive producers)
The Matrix Reloaded" (2003) (written and directed, executive producers)
The Matrix Revolutions" (2003) (written and directed, executive producers)
The Animatrix" (2003) (producers, wrote four of the nine animated shorts)
* "V for Vendetta" (2006) (produced and written, based on the comic book by
Alan Mooreand David Lloyd)
* "The Invasion" (2007) (rewritten various parts and added a twist ending, uncredited)
* "Speed Racer" (2008) (produced, written and directed, based on the "
Speed Racer" cartoon series)
Ninja Assassin" (2009) (producers)
* "Enter the Matrix" (2003) (written and directed)
* "" (2005) (written and directed)
* [http://www.matrix-architekt.de/wachowskis/leben.shtml Die Wachowski-Geschwister] , biography (German).
* [http://www.cleave.com/Sight/The_Matrix/wachowski.htm In 'Matrix,' the Wachowski Brothers Unleash a Comic Book of Ideas] interview by "
The New York Times".
* [http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.11/matrix.html Matrix Revelations] ,
Wired Magazinearticle about the Wachowski brothers.
* [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/_/id/9138137 The Mystery of Larry Wachowski] ,
Rolling Stone Magazinearticle about the latest rumours about Larry's gender status, largely dependent on the above Wired Magazinearticle for background.
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