The Wachowski Brothers Saved The Invasion

April 4, 2007
Source: Collider

Nicole Kidman in The Invasion

One of the best articles I've read in a couple of weeks comes from our friend Frosty over at Collider.com. What he has discovered is that Nicole Kidman's and Daniel Craig's upcoming movie called The Invasion (about an extraterrestrial invasion of sorts) went through rewrites and reworking to almost 2/3 of the film. This all was done by none other than The Wachowski Brothers.

Disregarding individual opinions on The Matrix sequels, these are the guys who brought us The Matrix to begin with and later did it again with V for Vendetta by bringing on their close friend to direct that film - James McTeigue. In the same manner, Collider's report states that in this rework of the film, they themselves rewrote 2/3 of it and then had McTeigue direct their new portions.

To further the story, the reason why it all took place was that Warner Brothers had taken a look at an early cut of the film that was directed by a German filmmaker named Oliver Hirschbiegel. They thought it needed work and planned reshoots but for some odd reason (this part intrigues me the most) he wasn't "available" for the reshoots, so heavyweight (not in size but in power) producer Joel Silver brought on his trusted friends.

To recap, here's the synopsis for this sci-fi action thriller: The Invasion tells the story of a mysterious epidemic that alters the behavior of human beings. When a Washington D.C. psychiatrist (Nicole Kidman) discovers the epidemic's origins are extraterrestrial, she must fight to protect her son, who may hold the key to stopping the escalating invasion.

You can read the whole story from the original source here. It's one of the most interesting stories I've heard coming from Hollywood in a long time. Bravo Collider!

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  • Ross
    Very interesting story. Hirschbiegel's "Downfall" was brilliant, and i'm not suprised that he produced a more 'talky' movie, but I hope some more tidbits about who shot what and why come out before the movie hits.
  • Katherine
    I CANNOT wait to see it! I love ALL of her films! She is awesome! =)
  • webbit
    Looks exactly like Invasion of the body snatchers from 1978. Hard to get excited about something that's already been done... are they going to have the "man-dog" scene in this one?




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