|Larry Wachowski Born ||June 21, 1965 |
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Andy Wachowski Born ||December 29, 1967 |
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Laurence "Larry" Wachowski (born June 21, 1965) and Andrew "Andy" Wachowski (born December 29, 1967) are American film directors and writers most famous for the Matrix series.
The brothers were born and raised in Chicago. The Wachowskis jokingly claim to have begun their collaboration as toddlers. Their mother was a nurse and their father a businessman. 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 '85. They weren't seen as stand outs at Whitney Young - students recall them playing Dungeons & Dragons and working in the school's theater and TV program, but they were always behind the scenes. Afterwards, Andy went to Emerson College in Boston. He was a top student in his introductory film class but dropped out because of failing a test says former professor, Claire Andrade-Watkins. Larry went to Bard College in upstate New York. After dropping out of college, both entered the carpentry business, and began to develop their ideas for the Matrix Trilogy. Before entering show business, they ran a carpentry business in Chicago while creating comic books in their free time. 
In 2003, Larry's wife of nine years, Thea Bloom, divorced him on the grounds that she felt there had been dishonesty in their personal and financial lives, and sought financial remedy. Following his separation from Bloom, he has become romantically linked to the famous ex-professional dominatrix, Ilsa Strix.
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. "If you could have a film where you don't get to the hour-and-a-half mark and know, 'Okay, here it comes, the big wrap-up,' but instead you have no idea how the movie's going to end, I think that would be very exciting." 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."
Prior to working in the film industry, the Wachowski brothers wrote comic books for Marvel Comics' Razorline imprint, namely Ectokid (created by horror novelist Clive Barker) in 1993.
In 2004, they created Burlyman Entertainment and have released comic books based on The Matrix as well two original bi-monthly series:
- Shaolin Cowboy - created, written, and art by Geoff 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.
The Wachowskis are often noted as borrowing very heavily from existing works, and are very vocal about their inspirations such as comic book writer Grant Morrison and his series, The Invisibles. Morrison has gone so far as to claim that the Wachowskis have plagiarised The Invisibles..
Sophia Stewart sued them claiming The Matrix was stolen from her book "The Third Eye". Her lawsuit was dismissed when she failed to provide evidence in a timely manner.
- Assassins (1995) (story, screenplay credits)
- Bound (1996) (written and directed)
- The Matrix (1999) (written and directed)
- The Matrix Reloaded (2003) (written and directed)
- The Matrix Revolutions (2003) (written and directed)
- The Animatrix (2003) (produced and written the original story)
- V for Vendetta (2006) (written, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and David Lloyd)
- Speed Racer, (summer 2008) (written and directed)
- Carnivore, unproduced
- Plastic Man, unproduced
- ^ a b Matrix Revelations: The Wachowski Brothers FAQ (Wired)
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