The Wachowskis became a household name after their blockbuster 1999 sci-fi film The Matrix opened, leading to an uneven trilogy set in the machine-ruled universe. But now someone is claiming they ripped the idea off from an unproduced screenplay written in 1993.
Writer Thomas Althouse is suing the Wachowskis for allegedly stealing ideas from his apparently similar sci-fi script The Immortals. Althouse allegedly submitted his script to Warner Bros. in the early '90s and never heard back, then a few years later they cranked out the Matrix series.
Althouse is apparently taking aim specifically at the two Matrix sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, which he claims borrow heavily from his script. The allegedly wronged writer is seeking $300 million in damages (which sounds like a lot, but is really just a fraction of the franchise’s $2 billion value).
So why wait until now to sue? Apparently Althouse never actually saw the Matrix sequels until 2010, at which point he felt wronged and sought legal assistance.
Six years seems like a long time for a studio to sit on a script before allegedly trying to rip it off. Do you think there’s any validity to this suit?