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The Wachowski brothers
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Larry Wachowski (left) and Andy Wachowski (right), San Diego ComicCon 2004

Born Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Laurence: June 21, 1965 (1965-06-21) (age 44)
  • Andrew: December 29, 1967 (1967-12-29) (age 42)
Occupation Filmmakers

Laurence "Larry" Wachowski (born June 21, 1965) and Andrew Paul "Andy" Wachowski (born December 29, 1967), collectively known as The Wachowski brothers, are American film directors, writers and producers, most famous for creating The Matrix series. Their most recent project was producing Ninja Assassin.

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Life and career

Andy and Larry Wachowski were born to a Polish-American family[1] in Chicago. The Wachowskis jokingly claim they began their collaboration as toddlers. Their mother, Lynne, was a nurse and painter; their father, Ron Wachowski, was a businessman.[2] They went to Kellogg Elementary School, in Chicago's Beverly area, and graduated from Whitney Young High School, known for its performing arts and science curriculum, in 1983 and '86. Former students recall them playing Dungeons & Dragons and working in the school's theater and TV program, but they were always behind the scenes. Andy then attended Emerson College in Boston, while Larry went to Bard College in New York. Both dropped out before graduating, and they ran a carpentry business in Chicago while creating comic books and developing their ideas for the Matrix Trilogy.[3]

Style

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. 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."[4]

Comic books

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 as well as writing for EPIC Comics "Clive Barker's Hellraiser" and "Clive Barker's Nightbreed" comic series.

In 2003, they created Burlyman Entertainment and have released comic books based on The Matrix as well as two original bi-monthly series:

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.

Lana Wachowski rumors

Shortly after the release of Matrix Reloaded, it was rumored that Larry Wachowski began to make small public appearances dressed as a woman, using the name Lana Wachowski.[5] In his column, published May 30, 2003, David Poland said "Every indication I have says that Larry Wachowski is now in the process of changing his sex. Dressing in public like a woman, taking female hormones and yes, having a sex change operation." This was further supported by a March 2006 San Francisco Chronicle article on transgender people, which repeated that Larry Wachowski, "has changed his sex and is now living as Lana Wachowski."[6] The rumor is likely exacerbated by Larry Wachowski's reported penchant for cross-dressing, as reported by Rolling Stone.[7]

In a 2007 interview Joel Silver, the producer of numerous Wachowski films, stated otherwise, saying that the rumors concerning Larry's sex change were "all untrue", further explaining, "they just don’t do interviews, so people make things up." Similar statements were made to Fox News by crew members working on the Speed Racer film, with one employee pointing out, "on the call sheets, it still says Larry."[8]

Wachowski was photographed at an airport in April 2009 dressed as a woman, complete with make-up and peroxided hair.[9] In November, Wachowski was photographed leaving Los Angeles International Airport dressed as a woman.[10] On December 7, 2009, journalist Arianna Huffington posted a message to her Twitter page "With Lana Wachowski and her parents", with an attached image of Huffington and Wachowski, dressed as a woman.[11]

As of March of 2010, Wachowski is listed as Lana Wachowski on IMDb and is noted with "as Larry Wachowski" in the credits for her prior movies.[12]

Filmography

Year Film Credited as
Directors Writers Producers
1995 Assassins No Yes No
1996 Bound Yes Yes No
1999 The Matrix Yes Yes Yes
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Yes Yes Yes
The Matrix Revolutions Yes Yes Yes
The Animatrix No Yes Yes
2006 V for Vendetta No Yes Yes
2008 Speed Racer Yes Yes Yes
2009 Ninja Assassin No No Yes

Games

  • Enter the Matrix (2003) (written and directed)
  • The Matrix: Path of Neo (2005) (written and directed)
  • The Matrix Online (2005–2009) (only provided original concept)

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The Wachowski Brothers

[[File:|center|250px]] Larry Wachowski (left) and Andy Wachowski (right)

Born Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Laurence: June 21, 1965 (1965-06-21) (age 45)
  • Andrew: December 29, 1967 (1967-12-29) (age 43)
Occupation Filmmakers

Laurence "Larry" Wachowski (born June 21, 1965) and Andrew Paul "Andy" Wachowski (born December 29, 1967), known together as The Wachowski Brothers, are American movie directors, writers and producers, most famous for creating The Matrix series. Their most recent project was producing, writing, and directing a live-action adaptation of Speed Racer.

Filmography

  • Assassins (1995) (story, screenplay credits)
  • Bound (1996) (written and directed, executive producers)
  • The Matrix (1999) (written and directed, executive producers)
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003) (written and directed, executive producers)
  • The Matrix Revolutions (2003) (written and directed, executive producers)
  • The Animatrix (2003) (producers, wrote four of the nine animated shorts)
  • V for Vendetta (2006) (produced and written, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd)
  • The Invasion (2007) (rewritten various parts and added a twist ending, uncredited)
  • Speed Racer (2008) (produced, written and directed, based on the Speed Racer anime)
  • Ninja Assassin (2009) (producers)

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