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Paperback: 160 pages, stills, notes, credits
Written by Larry and Andy Wachowski
Foreword by William Gibson
If you can't afford to pick up The Art of the Matrix (which includes the script), then The Shooting Script is a must! A nicely designed, large-format paperback, this book is an invaluable resource for the Matrix fan. Not only do you get every word spoken in the film, there are a number of scenes in the script that didn't make it into the finished film. The cut scenes offer additional information on some of the primary themes of the movie.
Two of my favorite expanded scenes are:
Along with the complete script, there are scene notes written by Phil Oosterhouse, assistant to the Wachowskis. These notes offer background and anecdotes on many of the pivotal scenes in the movie. The scene notes are followed by a number of official stills and the complete credits for The Matrix.
Last, but definitely not least, the Foreword is written by none other than William Gibson!
This is a book no Matrix fan should be without. It offers more information, answers questions, and gives the reader some idea of how this movie evolved from the printed page to the screen.
Get The Shooting Script for yourself today!
Did You Know?
The entire crew of the hovercraft Hammer have names borrowed from weapons: Mauser, AK, Maggie (magazine), and Colt. Interestingly, the hammer is also referred to as Mjolnir, which is the Norse God Thor's hammer...yet another weapon. The Hammer Mjolnir was said to always return after it had been thrown. Coincidentally, the Hammer (piloted by Niobe) is the only hovercraft to return to Zion.