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=Matrix News=

Reloaded News


WARNER BROS.
BURBANK, MAY 23, 2002

Fans around the globe have converged upon TheMatrix.com to view the first teaser trailer for The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, the hotly anticipated sequels to Warner Bros. Pictures´ ground-breaking, Academy Award-winning action blockbuster The Matrix.

TheMatrix.com has received over 20 million page views since the teaser trailer was released, demonstrating unprecedented web traffic at a feature film website over a year in advance of the release of The Matrix Reloaded, the second installment in the trilogy that stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving.

In the first 72 hours following its release on May 15, the trailer was downloaded over 2 million times, shattering records previously set by websites for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and The Lord of the Rings. (If these Matrix downloads were played back-to-back, the trailer would run continuously for over five years.) This translates into over 8,000 gigabytes of data being downloaded worldwide, an amount that would typically crush or freeze most web servers - but through the power and support of the AOL server which houses the site, fans were able to view the trailer and explore the world of TheMatrix.com optimum effect.

´The teaser trailer clearly drove the initial traffic, but the jump in hits above and beyond the teaser is a testament to the fans´ massive sustained interest in the sequels,´ producer Joel Silver noted. TheMatrix.com is our direct connection to the fans, and it is our singular purpose to provide unique and continuous content to the online community.´

Currently based in Sydney, Australia - where Reloaded and Revolutions are simultaneously in production under the auspices of writer-directors Larry and Andy Wachowski-TheMatrix.com web team, overseen by Spencer Lamm, has developed a comprehensive site that features interviews; first-look photos; online comics; QUICKTIME virtual reality tours of sets used in the sequels; and previews of Matrix-related anime short films, which will begin to be released on the site in the fall, along with more mind-blowing content which is presently being kept under wraps.

The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions will be released worldwide in 2003 by Warner Bros. Pictures, an AOL Time Warner Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.


WARNER BROS.
BURBANK, MARCH 28, 2001


Producer Joel Silver and directors Larry and Andy Wachowski will shoot sequels to their groundbreaking, Academy Award-winning blockbuster ´The Matrix´ in Australia, it was announced today by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, President of Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

´We had a terrific experience shooting ´The Matrix´ in Australia,´ Lorenzo di Bonaventura said. ´We look forward to reteaming with our partners from Village Roadshow, and returning to the state-of-the-art facilities and incredible locations in Sydney to shoot the sequels in collaboration with the talented local production crew and with the cooperation of the Australian government.´ ´This is wonderful news because it´s return business,´ said Bob Carr, the Sydney-based Premier of New South Wales. ´´The Matrix´ was the first big international production to come to our new Sydney studios. Now the sequels will be shot here as well. That´s a great vote of confidence in our crews, our locations and our facilities. It confirms our position as a leading film-making destination.´ After completing preliminary photography in California, the production will be based at the Fox Studios in Sydney. ´The Matrix´ sequels will film on location in Sydney with the support and assistance of the Federal Government, the State Government of New South Wales, N.S.W. State Premier Bob Carr, and the Office of State and Regional Development.

Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving will reprise their roles from ´The Matrix.´ Also returning will be Australian producer Andrew Mason, as well as numerous local crew members and award-winning technicians from the original ´Matrix´ production.

The highly acclaimed action thriller won four Academy Awards, became the fastest-selling DVD on record at the time of its release, and has accumulated the biggest box office in Warner Bros. Pictures´ history - over $450 million worldwide.

´The Matrix´ sequels, presented by Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment, are scheduled to begin production in Sydney in September 2001. The films will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and, in select territories, by Village Roadshow Pictures. Village Roadshow Pictures is the Motion Picture Production division of Village Roadshow Limited, an international entertainment company whose operations also include Cinema Exhibition, Film Distribution, Radio and Theme Parks. Village Roadshow Pictures co-produces ten to twelve titles annually with major studio partners.




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