Posted on Friday, August 6th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
When last we heard about the next film from the Wachowskis, it was being referred to as CN9. Some guessed the title was a reference to the ninth cranial nerve, but now we know that CN9 is actually short for Cobalt Neural 9, the full title of the Wachowskis’ script about a “gay Iraq war romance.” But don’t expect to know much more for a while, because the script is being kept well under wraps.
A Deadline piece about increasing studio secrecy with respect to scripts talks about the Wachowskis’ new effort, saying that agents aren’t even being allowed access to the full script, and in turn can’t pass it along to actors. It’s the same old reason we’ve been hearing a lot lately: once the script goes to an agency it effectively goes out into the wild, and the Wachowskis don’t want that to happen.
So what is the film? Previously we’ve had the following info, but it’s hard to say what is really going on with this one. There are so many concepts at play that seem to add up to a defiantly non-commercial, possibly even controversial final product. But we don’t know enough to make any sort of informed call right now. I’m definitely intrigued.
Late last year Arianna Huffington published tweets claiming that she was shooting a part in a secret Wachowskis Brothers film, a movie about the Iraq War, from the perspective of the future. Huffington posted photos from the set, one of which features Andy Wachowski and Wachowski brother turned sister Lana Wachowski. Was it possible that the Wachowskis have actually sneaked their next film into production without anyone noticing? Or is this just part of a short film, commercial, or test footage for a potential future project? No one had any idea, and nothing more has been learned about the project until today. In May, professional wrestler turned actor turned governor Jesse Ventura dropped word on the Stern show that he just got done filming a movie for the Wachowskis. When asked if he missed acting and would ever consider returning to the big screen, Ventura dropped the bomb shell:
“I just did one with the Wachowski brothers…”
Ventura explained that he didn’t know where this film is gonna end up, to which Stern asked “What is the film?” Ventura responded: “I don’t know…” Ventura revealed that they didn’t have a script, and the whole thing was done ad-lib/improv.
“Wait til you hear what they did. They brought me, and they brought Arianna Huffington in after me. Arianna was there, and they had her looking like cleopatra. What they did… Do you remember what John Travolta looked like in that horrible film Battlefield Earth? They put multicolored dreadlocks on me all the way to here. They gave me this crazy beard that was hanging down pointed, looked like Travolta, right? And they put a third eye in the middle of my forehead. Because what this is, is this is a hundred years in the future, and they wanted me to talk about the current war in Iraq and how I felt about it. And so I got to vent, looking like this maniac in this whole outfit.”
Ventura said he did his rant about Iraq and then he was questioned by Lana off camera, documentary style. Stern responded that he doesn’t “understand what this part is about”, to which Ventura quickly responded: “Neither do I!”