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The Wachowskis

Sued for $300 MIL --

You STOLE Matrix 2 & 3

3/4/2013 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0301-matrix-lana-andy-wachowski-gettyHere's a shocker ... someone other than Lana and Andy Wachowski wants credit for the awful sequels to "The Matrix" -- and now, the man is suing the filmmakers for $300 MILLION, claiming they jacked his ideas.

Thomas Althouse filed the lawsuit against the sibling producers, claiming they lifted ideas for "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions" from his script "The Immortals."

Althouse says he submitted "The Immortals" to Warner Bros. back in 1993, but never heard back.

In the suit, Althouse says he finally came across the 'Matrix' movies in 2010 and immediately recognized similarities to his own work -- including plugs in the back of characters' necks, robot-like "agents" dressed in suits, and characters trapped in a train station.

Althouse is suing the Wachowskis, Warner Bros., and producer Joel Silver for copyright infringement. By the way, the $300 million he's demanding is a tiny fraction of the Matrix franchise which is valued at about $2 BILLION!!

Calls to the Wachowskis and WB haven't been returned. Joel Silver had no comment.

52 COMMENTS

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1.

KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

596 days ago
2.

Phil    

If he's got proof that he submitted it, they( warner bros ) should cough up!

596 days ago
3.

J4X    

Was he living under a rock up until '10? Who the fvck hasn't seen The Matrix movies?!

596 days ago
4.

niles    

Is his name pronounced "outhouse"?

596 days ago
5.

EasilyHard    

Those movies sucked

596 days ago
6.

awesomewave    

I want a refund for those Matrix 2 & 3 tickets too. First one was kinda cool, but the sequels made less sense than Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas combined.

596 days ago
7.

fujimo    

git rid of the f@@king spam

596 days ago
8.

Luz    

And he's got black nail polish in those fat, manly fingernails! Yikes!!

596 days ago
9.

Ivy    

Arent they both men? Wasnt the sister born a man?

596 days ago
10.

STFUP    

There are some major problems with this lawsuit:
1. It took you THIS long to 'suddenly' realize that the movies bore similarities to your work?
2. So - they 'stole' the idea for Matrix 2 & 3, but NOT #1? Uh..... well I...... uh....... WHAT!?

596 days ago
11.

bernergirl    

The second one was okay but the third sucked!

596 days ago
12.

NOT ELMO    

Somebody Likes ManiCures a Bit Too Much......lol

596 days ago
13.

Cao    

Wasn't the original Matrix movie borrowed from a woman named Sophia Stewart?

596 days ago
14.

pix    

Most studios do not read unsolicited material for this reason.

596 days ago
15.

McSmack    

I believe there are many moviegoers who thought the 2nd movie wasn't bad but were definitely let down by the 3rd movie.

596 days ago
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