Details Emerge on Wachowskis' Secretive Film 'Cobalt Neural 9'
Since the project was first uncovered in December, we've been hearing very few details on the Wachowskis' next project which has been going by the strange title Cobalt Neural 9. Well, Vulture hit the motherload on details for the new project, the first of which is the revelation that the film's working title is nothing but a diversionary tactic that has no mention or significance within the script. In addition, while story details have pegged the film as following an R-rated homosexual relationship between a US soldier and an Iraqi, but there's more than a Brokeback Mountain style romance here. Check out very the intriguing details below!
Keep in mind that the following information dabbles in spoiler territory, so if you want to go into this film with a clear mind, then read no further. What follows isn't a play-by-play of the entire film, but a revelation as to what story lies at the heart of the film. Here's what Vulture reveals:
"…part of the film takes place in the future all right — nearly a hundred from now. But its main story is told in Cloverfield-esque flashbacks by digital archeologists sorting through found footage from CNN and chips from old digital cameras from the U.S. occupation of Iraq. The heroes are indeed a gay American soldier named (with little irony) Butch and an Iraqi soldier turned militant. Butch is endearing, young, and a ravishingly handsome Marine. Our spies tell us that he 'just wants to fuck and kill everything' in Iraq — until, that is, he falls in love with the Iraqi.
The two meet while Butch is on a combat patrol in Iraq during the second Gulf War, and soon enough, the two are engaged in graphically described sex (actual line from the script: 'They rut like animals behind this fence') albeit while disguised in burqas. The two soldiers’ relationship blossoms, and Butch begins to get to know his lover's family. But after he inadvertently draws attention to their ancestral home, disaster strikes. This tragedy radicalizes the pair and they become convinced that the only way to rid the world of evil is to kill the architect of the invasion, the then-president of the United States, George W. Bush. And so, during one of the president’s secret sorties to Iraq, they attempt to assassinate him."
While I'm initially shocked and surprised that this film comes from the same siblings who brought us The Matrix trilogy, that doesn't stop me from seeing that this film sounds like the perfect sort of box office poison. Fortunately Cobalt Neural 9 would only cost about $20 million to make, so it's likely it will end up getting off the ground, even if it doesn't get pomp and circumstance for a theatrical release (though it's sure to create plenty of controversy). However, Vulture's source says the film will "never,ever" be made by a studio and it will be the money the Wackowski siblings pocketed from The Matrix series that could end up financing it independently.
In the meantime, the duo is also working on a much easier film to sell, the adaptation of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, with Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) writing the script and the talents of Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, James McAvoy and Natalie Portman are already involved. That's going to be their next big budget studio movie, while Cobalt Neural 9 sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. While the story sounds interesting, the contrast of the assassination plot with the graphic homesexual romance doesn't seem like a cohesive blend for one single story. I guess we'll find out if the project actually takes off. Anyone interested?