lol, the wachowski brothers cheated...



So the entire Matrix series was based off of a plagerized manuscript...

Monday, October 4th 2004 ended a six-year dispute involving Sophia Stewart, the Wachowski Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner Brothers. Stewart's allegations, involving copyright infringement and racketeering, were received and acknowledged by the Central District of California, Judge Margaret Morrow residing.

Stewart, a New Yorker who has resided in Salt Lake City for the past five years, will recover damages from the films, The Matrix I, II and III, as well as The Terminator and its sequels. She will soon receive one of the biggest payoffs in the history of Hollywood, as the gross receipts of both films and their sequels total over 2.5 billion dollars.

Stewart filed her case in 1999, after viewing the Matrix, which she felt had been based on her manuscript, "The Third Eye," copyrighted in 1981. In the mid-eighties Stewart had submitted her manuscript to an ad placed by the Wachowski Brothers, requesting new sci-fi works.

According to court documentation, an FBI investigation discovered that more than thirty minutes had been edited from the original film, in attempt to avoid penalties for copyright infringement. The investigation also stated that "credible witnesses employed at Warner Brothers came forward, claiming that the executives and lawyers had full knowledge that the work in question did not belong to the Wachowski Brothers." These witnesses claimed to have seen Stewart's original work and that it had been "often used during preparation of the motion pictures."
The defendants tried, on several occasions, to have Stewart's case dismissed, without success.

Stewart has confronted skepticism on all sides, much of which comes from Matrix fans, who are strangely loyal to the Wachowski Brothers. One on-line forum, entitled Matrix Explained has an entire section devoted to Stewart. Some who have researched her history and writings are open to her story. Others are suspicious and mocking. "It doesn't bother me," said Stewart in a phone interview last week, "I always knew what was true."

Some fans, are unaware of the case or they question its legitimacy, due to the fact that it has received little to no media coverage. Though the case was not made public until October of 2003, Stewart has her own explanation, as quoted at

"The reason you have not seen any of this in the media is because Warner Brothers parent company is AOL-Time Warner... this GIANT owns 95 percent of the media... let me give you a clue as to what they own in the media business... New York Times papers/magazines, LA Times papers/magazines, People Magazine, CNN news, Extra, Celebrity Justice, Entertainment Tonight, HBO, New Line Cinema, Dreamworks, Newsweek, Village Roadshow... many, many more!... They are not going to report on themselves. They have been surpressing my case for years..."

Fans who have taken Stewart's allegations seriously, have found eerie mythological parallels, which seem significant in a case that revolves around the highly metaphorical and symbolic Matrix series. Sophia, the greek goddess of wisdom has been referenced many times in speculation about Stewart. In one book about the Goddess Sophia, it reads, "The black goddess is the mistress of web creation spun in her divine matrix."

Although there have been outside implications as to racial injustice (Stewart is African American), she does not feel that this is the case. "This is all about the Benjamins," said Stewart. "It's not about money with me. It's about justice."

Stewart's future plans involve a record label, entitled Popsilk Records, and a motion picture production company, All Eyez On Me, in reference to God. "I wrote The Third Eye to wake people up, to remind them why God put them here. There's more to life than money," said Stewart. "My whole message to the world is about God and good and about choice, about spirituality prevailing over 'technocracy'."

If Stewart represents spirituality, then she truly has prevailed over the "technocracy" represented in both the Terminator and the Matrix, and now, ironically, by their supposed creators.

Stewart is currently having discussions with CBS about a possible exclusive story and has several media engagements in the near future to nationally publicize her victory.
b_sinning said:
I'd love to see her work to see what exactly was ripped off.

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When Sophia saw the movie back in '99, she witnessed blatant theft and plagiarizm from her script, 'The Third Eye' written and copywritten back in 1983. Soon after, she contacted the Pirates informing them she was aware of the theft and a demand for credit and compensation for what soon became the most successfull movie franchise to date.
[/size][/font][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=-1]Not too long after, Warner Bros. allegedly began released versionz of The Matrix edited from the 2 hour and 40 minute original. [/size][/font]

[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=-1]Sophia's aggressively on the hunt for that original copy. She, as well as I, am positive that version is out there somewhere. Some Matrix fan got a bootleg copy from a street vendor somewhere![/size][/font]

[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=-1]She informed me there are various scenes that are different from the later released version(s) which will enable you to know you have the original release:[/size][/font]

  • [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=-1]In the beginning of the movie, there's an intro that scrolls up the screen just like in the movie Star Wars that layz out the plot. It speaks of a nuclear war that happened in the year 2110AD, where humanz were now used as fuel for the machines like batteries[/size][/font]
  • [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=-1]In the part where Neo barters for a stack of programz for programz of his. No money was exchanged like in the edited release(s)[/size][/font]
  • [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=-1]The girl in the beginning who came over Neo's had a rabbit on her arm. In the edited version(s), she's seen with the rabbit on her back shoulderblade[/size][/font]
That beginning scroll would ruin a good portion of the movie.
After reading some of her comments on some of these websites, I'm surprised that she could write anything approaching a decent manuscript.
Forrest Dump said:
When a movie stuido or anyone in the entertainment industry puts out an "open call for manuscripts" what they mean is "give us your ideas so we can steal them"
They didn't steal them so much as borrow them.
berzerker said:

Equilibrium > *

No one saw it because it came out around the same time as the Matrix. :(

:eek: I thought for sure the next post would be somebody telling me I was wrong. Equilibrium is coool :D

I enjoy what The Matrix did for special effects in movies, and enjoy watching it every now and then, it's just not that great of a movie.
berzerker said:

Equilibrium > *

No one saw it because it came out around the same time as the Matrix. :(
Meh. Equilibrium was okay. Not nearly as good as the first Matrix though, but above average for an action/sci fi movie.
Forrest Dump said:
I liked the first one
The second one was so bad tho that I didnt even watch the third one.
Loved the first one, tolerated the second one, enjoyed the third one. The third one was a good movie. Not as great as the first, but definitely as good or better then any recent scifi movie.