By Sandra Birungi
Lana Wachowski and brother, Andy Wachowski are being sued for $300 million by a writer.
The writer claims the brother and sister stole the idea of The Matrix from them. The Matrix movie was produced in 1999 and stirred Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, and Hugo Weaving. They are being sued for The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolution.
Warner Bros and Joel Silver are also being sued by Hawaiian-based writer, Thomas Althouse. He filed the lawsuit in Federal Court for copyright infringement. He is representing himself in the case. Althouse claims he wrote a screenplay titled The Immortals, which was registered with the Writers Guild of America in 1993 and copyrighted with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1996. He says he later submitted his screenplay to Warner Bros. through his attorney in 1993, and at the time, he says Warner Bros. acknowledged receipt of his play.
Althouse says he didn’t see the films until 2010 despite the sequels being released in 2003. He says he began investigating the similarities. Althouse now claims the films were “based and formulated in substantial part” upon his screenplay, and he is accusing all defendants of willfully infringing on his copyright for purposes of commercial advantage.