Before The Matrix there was Bound, the Wachowskis’ fairly excellent lesbian neo-noir heist film starring Jennifer Tilly. Had the Wachowskis not struck it huge with The Matrix, I could’ve imagined the sibling directors making a series of smaller, independent movies that often dealt with sexual identity, something that’s probably thematically important to both directors, but perhaps even more to Lana Wachowski (formerly Larry). After the massive failure of Speed Racer (I know, Jay: You loved it), the Wachowskis look to be heading back to their roots, so to speak.
Not only are the writer/directors straying away from their action movie bread and butter, but also their signature style. Deadline is reporting that the siblings are making a hard-R-rated movie about a “homosexual relationship between a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi. It’s a cinema verite-style treatment that begins in the near future and then spans back over years that include the current war in Iraq.”
The script is reportedly finished and the directors hope to make it their next project. This is either some resignation on their part that their current approach to movies has lost favor with audiences, or more likely, they’re using what still remains of their considerable name recognition to bolster the chances of a movie that would likely otherwise not have much of a shot at the box office. My guess is — with a hard-R homosexual movie set during the Iraq War — that the movie still won’t fare particularly well, what with “gay” and “Iraq War” being two terms nearly synonymous with box-office failures. Still, if it’s any good, I’ll be the first to salute their efforts (pun intentional, and intentionally meant to make you cringe. It’s Monday. Fuck you).