The Wachowskis attended the 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 1985.
26 Facts About The Wachowskis
Donner had their script "totally rewritten" by Brian Helgeland and the Wachowskis tried unsuccessfully to remove their names from the film.
The Wachowskis themselves contributed "Bits and Pieces", a prequel to the movie that explains the origins of the Matrix, featuring illustrations by Geof Darrow, the movie's conceptual designer.
The Wachowskis offered the film to James McTeigue, the first assistant director of The Matrix trilogy, as his directorial debut.
The studio was disappointed in the film as produced by director Oliver Hirschbiegel and hired the Wachowskis to rewrite a portion of the script and add new action scenes, which McTeigue directed.
The Wachowskis returned to directing with Speed Racer which starred Emile Hirsch.
The Wachowskis were attracted to the project because the series was the first anime they had watched, and they wanted to make a family-friendly film for their nieces and nephews to enjoy.
The screenplay was written by Matthew Sand and J Michael Straczynski, whom the Wachowskis called six weeks before filming to ask him for a total rewrite completed within a week, because they were dissatisfied with the earlier drafts and were running out of time.
Cloud Atlas was written and directed in collaboration with German filmmaker Tom Tykwer, to whom the Wachowskis had introduced the novel several years earlier.
The Wachowskis subsequently produced and directed Jupiter Ascending, an original space opera screenplay they wrote.
The Wachowskis directed most of the episodes of the first season, with the rest being handled by McTeigue, Tykwer, and their go-to visual effects supervisor on their movies, Dan Glass, in his directorial debut.
In June 2016, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited the Wachowskis to join its ranks.
In 1998, in the context of explaining how they got their start in filmmaking, the Wachowskis mentioned Roger Corman's book How I Made A Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime, and indicated, with laughter, that they liked his movies, and began by wanting to "make a low-budget horror movie".
The Wachowskis admit to a love for telling multi-part stories.
The Wachowskis cited the art of comic book artist Geof Darrow as an influence on the look of The Matrix.
The Wachowskis cited Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey as a major influence for Cloud Atlas.
The Wachowskis frequently hire the same basic film crew to make their movies.
In November 2000, Variety reported the Wachowskis would produce, co-create and direct second unit on a new Conan the Barbarian movie for Warner Bros.
The Wachowskis were planning to juggle their pre-production involvement on the movie and work on The Matrix sequels at the same time.
The Wachowskis completed the script and were searching for funding to direct it.
In September 2012, Aleksandar Hemon wrote about the making of Cloud Atlas and recalled he too was one of the people the Wachowskis had invited to interview in December 2009, to help inspire the script of Cobalt Neural 9.
The last update on the film was in October 2012, when the Wachowskis were asked about it and they responded they were still keen to make it, because they had invested both financially and emotionally into it, even if that ends up being in a different form than film.
The Wachowskis were said to be reaching out to actors, including Will Smith.
The Wachowskis's first public appearance since beginning transitioning was a few weeks later, at the 27th GLAAD Media Awards, where she accepted an award for her Netflix series Sense8 for Outstanding Drama Series.
The Wachowskis owned both a PlayStation 2 and Xbox video game console and played several games such as Splinter Cell and Halo 2.
The Wachowskis wrote an introduction to the 2005 published Vol.