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Matrix 4 - The Super Matrix - A New Episode That Expands the Matrix Trilogy
by PD Wood
PD Wood has created another surprising tale in an effort to further the Matrix mystique. Below is an introduction to Matrix 4 - The Super Matrix followed by an excerpt, which the author has kindly allowed The Matrix 101 to share with our readers. Show your interest and appreciation by visiting thesupermatrix.com to read the complete feature length manuscript and offer feedback on what we consider to be one of the most original extensions of The Matrix Trilogy that we've come across.
Matrix 4 - The Super Matrix
Matrix 4 -The Super Matrix paints a picture of what might have happened before The Matrix and after The Matrix Revolutions. Sort of a prequel/sequel, I guess; and a bit of a mind bender, if I do say so myself. The story picks up exactly where Matrix Revolutions ended.
You can comment on and download the complete manuscript at thesupermatrix.com. Positive or negative, I'm very interested in knowing what people think of it. Matrix 4 - The Super Matrix is copyrighted in the Library of Congress, so please don't reproduce it without permission.
The document is not in official screenplay format because it was not intended to be made into a movie. (But in the interest of learning to write a properly formatted screenplay and because I'd like professionals in the movie business to read the story, I've decided to also post a version in official screenplay format in the near future…as soon as I learn how to write one!)
Check out the excerpt below if you want a taste.
Why I Wrote Matrix 4 - The Super Matrix
I love the first two movies in the Matrix Trilogy, The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded. They bring together so many great elements- action, science fiction, comic book styling, metaphysics, virtual reality, love story, unique characters, incredible special effects, awesome soundtrack, etc- and they do it brilliantly.
I loved parts of Matrix Revolutions, too. The story that revolves around Zion and its imminent attack is awesome, as is the final showdown between Neo and Smith. But something seemed to be missing. The characters of the Architect and of the Merovingian & Persephone were so compelling and intense in Matrix Reloaded that I thought they would play more prominent roles; and the characters of Morpheus, Trinity, and Neo seemed to lose a lot of their presence.
And for the final episode to match or even outshine the others, I felt it needed to have a real mind-bending surprise or twist.
I thought about it a lot. The more I thought about it, the more ideas keep pouring out of my head. On a whim I decided to write down some of those ideas; the whim quickly snowballed into a juicy story. I often talked about my ideas with my friends. One of them finally said, "You keep talking about another Matrix. Why don't you stop talking about it and just write the damned thing". So I started writing.
The more I wrote, the bigger it got. The bigger it got, the more I felt like I wanted to give up since I hadn't planned on devoting so much time to it. On the other hand I didn't want to waste the time I had already put in by simply abandoning the project, so I kept writing. And writing. And... you know.
Well, it's finally done. I hope the people who like it, like it a lot; and I hope the people who don't like it, don't get too pissed off at me because I thought I had a right to add onto someone else's vision. I wrote it purely for the fun and challenge of such an undertaking; hopefully, it will be as fun and challenging for people to read.
The Matrix Trilogy has remained a Matrix Trilogy so far, and that probably won't change. But who knows; perhaps…just perhaps, the Wachowski brothers will catch wind of this and think it worthy of consideration as one more layer of a truly great tale. In the mean time this screenplay is purely for the reading enjoyment of all those who love and believe in the Matrix mystique.
And to the Wachowski brothers, please accept that the creation of this story is meant only as a complement to The Matrix Trilogy. My effort is fueled purely by admiration; few works of art could have inspired me to pursue such an undertaking. I have nothing but respect for your vision.
Matrix 4 - The Super Matrix (an excerpt)
INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT
A WOMAN is sitting at a dressing vanity, naked except for some very skimpy, almost see-through lingerie. She's making herself up for the evening. She starts talking to a MAN in another room as she starts brushing her hair.
Honey, would you check on the baby, please?
YOUNG MEROVINGIAN (MAN)(O.S.)
(In French) << No problem >>. Could you please lay out a tie for me?
I've been waiting for you to come.
A kiss. It's just a kiss, right?
No. A kiss is much more than just a kiss. A kiss is to a long romance what a painting is to a thousand words. The wine, hmm; the chocolates, delicious; the love letters, divine, of course. But they are just like the words, no? The kiss, however...the kiss...
The kiss is like a painting. It reveals everything at once.
Yes, I see. You are the one. You are the one for her. I approve.
Victor, what do you think? Do you approve?
(In French) << Ah, yes. What a magnificent boy he is. >>
If she is in love with you, well then, of course, you have my blessing. Absolutely! Shall we have a little toast, you and I, you know, to celebrate?
Dear, do we have the time?
INT. LIBRARY - NIGHT
The Merovingian goes to a wet bar, pulls down two cognac glasses and some cognac, pours them both a toast's worth, and raises his glass, smiling.
She is something else, isn't she? (In French) << What a beauty. >>
Ah, but it is a terrible thing, though.
I would do anything for that girl but, unfortunately, I don't know who she is any more. I lost her long ago just as I have lost my wife.
And I, too, am lost.
I've lost everything! What has happened to me?!
EXT. MOUNTAINOUS LANDSCAPE - NIGHT
What was the room is now a dark mountainous landscape. The mirror is still standing. The Merovingian turns to face Neo but the Merovingian is now Jarcon.
Who are you?
Don't you know?
EXT. STREET - NIGHT
As the view slowly clears, the surroundings morph into night on the street of a typical Matrix construct. Neo surveys the damage. Many Smith bodies appear dead and immobile, strewn across an abandoned gritty urban street. Neo breathes a sigh of relief and exhaustion. He turns to leave but then senses something. Smith bodies start getting up slowly one by one. He turns to face them.
Did You Know?
TV Repair Shop Scene from 'The Matrix' - 'The building this was shot in was allegedly haunted by a man who had shot himself in the basement...there was one take in which a shadowy figure could be seen lurking behind Trinity as she talked on the phone. It was a frightening night at dailies when that came up on screen. Larry and Andy wanted to use it in the film but the lawyers couldn't reach the spirit in time to get legal clearance.'
- Phil Oosterhouse in 'The Matrix Shooting Script'