Die Drehbücher der beiden letzten Matrix-Filme waren für kurze Zeit zusammen mit der Ultimate-DVD-Sammlung in den USA (und nur dort) erhältlich. Inzwischen sind sie selbst über Ebay nicht mehr zu bekommen. Dabei bieten die Drehbücher, wie folgende Auszüge zeigen werden, wertvolle Zusatzinformationen und auch nicht gedrehte oder herausgeschnittene Szenen.
Ich habe hier einmal alle im Internet veröffentlichten Auszüge aus diesen beiden Drehbüchern zusammengestellt, die solche Zusatzinformationen enthalten. Zusätzliche Szenen bzw. Sätze sind im Text rot markiert. Zwei weitere, lange Ausschnitte sollen aufzeigen, wie genau die Drehbücher ansonsten umgesetzt wurden.
Ich danke denjenigen, die dieses Material für alle zugänglich gemacht haben: Thanks to: Torque (The Matrix Community) und vanexel711 (Matrixfans-Foren)!
Das Drehbuch zum ersten Teil der Trilogie und zwei frühere Entwürfe desselben finden sich übrigens überall im Netz.
I am Rama-Kandra. This is my wife Kamala. My daughter Sati. We are most honored to meet you.
We have heard much about you. Where we come from you are called "the one that is expected."
I made a choice.
Choice. The gift we are forever unwrapping. And you know better than most that certain choices can forever change our lives. Sometimes, those changes are visible. Sometimes, they're not. Remember, what you were like when you first walked through my door? Jittery as a June Bug. And now, just look at you.
She smiles almost as a parent might.
You sure did surprise me, Neo. And you still do.
What is he?
He is you. Your opposite. Your negative. The result of the equation trying to balance itself out.
Then you knew he would come.
He was as inevitable as you were.
Then I'll see you tomorrow.
I hope so hon. I hope so.
She gathers up her cookies.
What are you doing?
We all do what we have to do.
I have never left you.
Please, take Sati. Try to keep him away from her.
Seraph remains as rooted as a golem.
What would I have done, all these years without your strength? Please, it's all I ask.
She touches his face for the last time.
Good bye, my friend.
I will miss you.
731 EXT. Black Desert - Night
The Logos flies into the jaws of the Armada, Machines forming rows of jagged shark-teeth.
They attack in a frenzy; red lasers stabbing into the Logos as the larger armored crab-like machines spit bolts of energy that breat againste the hull sending a shiver of sizzling electricity through the entire ship.
732 INT. Logos - Cockpit - Night
Trinity has to let go of the stick as hot arcing voltage surges through the controls.
Neo clings to her hand as he wades into battle, hurling his mind at them with ballistic force.
733. EXT. Logos - Night
Three spinning Sentinels release three tow-bombs that open up as they rocket towards the ship.
Neo reacts quickly, exploding the first immediately, the second just before it hits, the fire washing over the windshield as the Logos shoots through.
But the third he grabs hold of, straining against its force and direction, bending it to his will as he once bent a spoon.
The device sails up over the cockpit, before turning and hurtling back at the Machines.
The Sentinels dodge out of the way, but the armored crustacean is too slow and --
The device slams into it, unleashing a violent orage rage of destruction.
The dog-fight continues as the Sentinels now reach the Logos, leaping onto its back, sticking their lasers through its hide like toreadors thrusting swords into the back of a charging bull.
734 INT. Logos - Cockpit - Night
Sweat covers Neo's body as he reacts more and more violently.
Neo: There's too many ...
735 EXT. LOGOS - NIGHT
A Sentinel dives like a kamikaze straight at the cockpit as Neo reaches out to stop it --
Wrestling with it. As its eyes begin to blink, it corkscrews wildly out of control, slamming against the heavy plated glass which shatters, cratering under the Machine's bulk as --
We experience what Neo experiences; a meteor of light that blasts through his body --
736 INT. LOGOS - COCKPIT - NIGHT
Wrenching free his grip from Trinity.
His arms flails back as he feels himself disconnect, his mind flung loose until --
She snatches hold of him again,
Trinity: I got you.
His head swims as he drags himself back from the abyss.
Trinity: C'mon Neo! I need help here!
Ahead they are approaching a perfect line of fearsome floating Machines, each like an entire division of tanks welded into one.
Neo: ... left.
Neo: Bank left.
A tank fires just as Trinity banks left, a missle of energy chewing up the entire underbelly of the ship.
Inside the cockpit several monitors explode and the main lights die.
Neo (cont'd) : I cant beat them.
Trinity: What do we do?
Neo : Go up, Over them.
Neo: The sky
She looks at him
Neo (cont'd) It's the only way.
Trinity: Then up we go.
She pounds on the pedal and outside the pads errupt, opening all the way as the ship tips --
INT. LOGOS - COCKPIT - DAY
The light washes over her face with a warmth she has never known. It is a vision of the real world as she has never seen.
EXT. BLUE SKY - DAY
The ship hits its apex, hangs then slowly twists, as it beings to fall, slipping quickly back into the billowing black silk of clouds.
Their stomachs pitch as the Logos is buffeted by storm and wind, spinning like a falling leaf until--
It splashes out of the clouds, revealing--
EXT. THE MACHINE CITY - NIGHT
The Machine City.
To Trinity it looks like a massive mechanical coral reef, spreading as far as the eye can see.
To Neo, it is another universe; a pinwheel nebula, spiraling towards him, a billion pinpricks of light strung together, swirling into clusters that blaze beneath a veil of glowing vapor.
INT. LOGOS - COCKPIT - NIGHT
Their fall accelerates, the city rushing towards them as Trinity again turns to Neo.
Pump the ignitor. The ship will start.
She grabs the lever and pumps. Tries the ignition. Nothing.
She does it again, pumping vigorously.
Calmly, methodically, she pumps the lever while the architecture of the city gains dimension, its towers rising like fingers of a hand reaching up with a rushing force.
Neo feels the energy in the ignition slowly building as a single tower now looms, filling the entire windscreen.
Trinity closes her eyes, pumping vigilantly, until--
She hits the ignition, opening her eyes to the tower that is now a wall.
The engine fires, the pads crackle with life and their fall slows, but not fast enough.
EXT. MACHINE CITY TOWER - NIGHT
The ship bores into the tower, plowing through the nano-built structure that is a surrealist re-combining of the organic and the mechanical; an anthill or wasps' nest built from a webwork of pipes, wires and silicon.
INT. LOGOS - COCKPIT - NIGHT
The windshield explodes as Neo and Trinity are again torn apart. The ship merges violently with the tower, grinding to a final wrenching stop.
All becomes quiet.
Cobwebs of shimmering light drape all around Neo as it takes him a moment to realize that he is in fact still alive.
There is no response.
Yanking his feet free from the crush of debris, he crawls in the direction of her chair.
She reaches her hand out to him.
With her touch comes a flood of relief.
We made it.
You said we would.
He draws closer, feeling his way.
I couldn't have done it without you.
He smiles; unable to see her, he looks at the gossamer threads of light surrounding them.
It's unbelievable, Trin. Light everywhere. Like the whole thing was built of light. I wish you could see what I see.
We see her face for the first time and we see that she is crying.
You've already shown me so much.
He knows something is wrong.
What is it? Trinity? What's wrong?
I can't go with you, Neo. I've gone as far as I can.
He reaches for her and immediately feels the wet warmth of her blood soaking through her shirt.
Oh no, no, no.
Long shafts of metal are driven through her body like needles pinning a butterfly in place.
It's all right, Neo. It's time. I've done what I can do. Now you have to do the rest.
You have to. You have to finish it. You have to save Zion.
I can't... not without you.
You can. You will. I believe it. I always have.
Tears leak from his bandages.
Trinity, you can't die. You can't!
Yes, I can. You brought me back once. But not this time.
He doesn't want to believe it.
Do you remember on that roof, after you caught me? The last thing I said to you?
You said, I'm sorry.
I wish I hadn't. That was my last thought. I wished that I had one more chance to say what mattered...
He feels her tears on his fingertips.
To say how much I loved you, how grateful I was for every moment I was with you, but by the time I knew how to say what I wanted, it was too late.
But you brought me back. You gave me my wish; one more chance. To say what I really wanted to say...
For the last time she reaches up and touches his face.
Kiss me... once more... kiss me...
He lowers his lips to hers and its ends as it began--
With a kiss.
He feels her last breath on his lips and he weeps, holding the hand that can no longer hold him back.
From below, an enormous and complex Machine rises to face Neo. It is so large that it eclipses the entire city.
Neo steadies himself, overwhelmed momentarily by its power and brilliance.
The Deus ex Machina unleashes a locust swarm of tiny machines that seem ready to envelop Neo.
I only ask to say what I have come to say. After that, do what you want and I won't try and stop you.
The locust swarm swirls back creating an undulating ball of mechanical bugs that remain in constant motion.
Neo experiences the Deus ex Machina as a huge ball of energy, like a sun, its face in constant flux.
The bugs coalesce and an almost human face pushes itself out from underneath.
DEUS EX MACHINA
The voice has a synthesized quality, resonating with a sense that it is not one voice, but every voice.
The program called Smith has grown beyond your control.
The face disappears as quickly as it appeared.
Soon he will spread through this city as he spread through the Matrix.
The locusts begin vibrating, chittering, and trembling like animals sensing a storm.
You cannot stop him. But I can.
Rage explodes from its face, spitting bugs as it screams.
DEUS EX MACHINA
WE DO NOT NEED YOU! WE NEED NOTHING!
If that's true, then I've made a mistake and you should kill me now.
The face fades, the storm circling Neo for a moment before slowly collecting itself as the face re-emerges.
DEUS EX MACHINA
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
The entire passageway comes alive around Neo as cables and metal rods grow like a time-lapsed plant, forming a seat under him and filling every jack.
A cobra-like cable rises up to the back of Neo's neck pausing, its needle probing at the brain-jack.
DEUS EX MACHINA
AND IF YOU FAIL?
The face almost smiles as it fades away.
The cable thrusts into Neo, plunging the pistol-needle into his brain, plugging his consciousness into the Matrix.
EXT. MATRIX STREET CRATER - NIGHT
The concussive blast craters the street, buckling buildings, as a wave of unequaled destruction rushes out over the urban chasm.
The explosion thunders away until there is only the hissing rain, as the Smiths gather along the crater's edge.
Inside the bowl of earth is the exposed viscera of the metropolis; broken pipes, sparking cables and rent sewers.
The rain on his face slowly brings Neo's consciousness back.
Smith stands over him as he tries to get up.
Why, Mr. Anderson?
It is an effort to even pull his arm from the wet sucking mud.
Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting?
Neo rolls over, pushing himself to his hands an knees.
Do you believe you're fighting for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know?
Neo glares at him with animal-like eyes.
Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Yes? No? Could it be for love?
Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. The temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose.
Neo's hands clench into fists.
And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love.
Rain streaks the mud down Neo's face like black tears.
You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can't win. It's pointless to keep fighting.
Neo summons his strength and once more, he stands.
Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why do you persist?!
Because I choose to.
Smith howls in frustration, hurling at him, but Neo absorbs the attack, catching Smith momentarily off-balance--
Firing back a furious attack that has Smith reeling, unable to defend himself as Neo loads up a bomb. It is not a punch; it is a cannonball--
Shot into Bullet Time; his fist shattering through the glass-like rods of rain as it hurls at Smith--
Connecting flush, distorting his features as the flesh of his face is knocked loose and his eyes go blank.
He staggers, stunned, out on his feet as Neo hauls back and gathers the Tai-chi ball, summoning every last bit of his energy, his life-force, then--
Slams it into Smith, catapulting him into the wall of the crater--
Burying him from sight.
Neo sways in the rain with barely enough strength to stand as the army of Smiths look down from the crater edge.
A low ominous rumble begins to shake the earth. Neo drops his head unable to watch as the rumble rises until--
The wall of the crater explodes like an exit wound, earth and asphalt shot-gunning out, as Smith bursts from his grave.
He hangs in the air, his mud-covered face distorted with rage.
This is my world! My world!
He dives into Neo who has nothing left and batters him, each bludgeoning blow striking in time with searing bolts of lightning.
He seizes Neo by the throat, hoisting him up like a rag doll and fires a super-punch that sends Neo flying--
Bouncing down to the earth like a crashing airplane, trenching to a stop.
Smith is about to press his frenzied assault, but he freezes, the image of Neo laying splayed suddenly familiar.
Wait... I've seen this... this is it! This is the end!
He looks at Neo and in a flash of lightning we see the immediate future as Smith stabs his entire fist into Neo's chest.
Smith blinks away the raindrops blurring his vision.
Yes, you were laying right there, just like that... and I...
Another flash and we see the black mirror begin to cover Neo's body.
Smith walks over to Neo who is desperately clinging to his consciousness as if hanging from the edge of a precipice.
I stand here, right here and I'm supposed to say something... I say...
Again the future flashes in his eyes and he sees Neo's hands buried beneath the gleaming blackness.
Everything that has a beginning, has an end.
The familiar words suddenly clear Neo's mind. He looks up as Smith looks down.
Don't be afraid, Neo.
Neo almost can't believe what he just heard as--
Another flash reveals the liquid obsidian covering Neo's face, but his face is calm, even serene.
What? What did I just say?
In his confusion, he looks to Neo who now understands.
No, no. This isn't right. This can't be right!
One final time, Neo rises to his feet.
Get away from me!
What are you afraid of?
It's a trick!
No, it's what you want. It's why you're here.
You were right, Smith. You were always right.
Rain pours down Smith's tortured face.
It was inevitable.
Smith's eyes fire, a scream rises up from him and in a crackling, blinding flash of lightning--
He stabs his fist into Neo, who stands with his arms open, accepting the blow.
Exactly as in the flashing visions, Neo is covered by the darkness. Rising up over his face, Neo closes his eyes and is lost beneath the liquid shroud.
The whole sky continues to weep as Smith enters him, possessing him, as the darkness snaps into a perfect pair of sunglasses.
The mud covered Smith backs away from the new Smith as if not trusting him.
Is it over?
The new Smith nods his head once and the old Smith smiles. And as a giddiness spreads through him, he starts to laugh.
INT. MACHINE CITY TOWER - NIGHT
Neo's body hangs motionless, supported by the passageway as we see as Neo would, an empty husk that is being filled, liquid light pouring into him from every connection.
EXT. MATRIX CITY STREET - NIGHT
The old Smith realizes that he is laughing alone. There is something wrong with the new Smith.
The new Smith begins to tremble, a shiver that grows into convulsion.
Oh no, no, no. It's not fair! It's not fair!
INT. MACHINE CITY - NIGHT
Neo's body arches, his arms pinned wide as he tries to scream but instead of sound, a shaft of light beams out.
He opens his eyes and light pours out of them.
EXT. MATRIX CITY STREET - NIGHT
Light brightens around Smith's sunglasses, until they begin to crack and shred like wet tissues as shafts of brilliant light burst free.
Now the old Smith begins to feel it as his body begins to shiver uncontrollably.
The new Smith continues to crack open, light beaming out from his distended and deteriorating form, filling the entire crater as--
One by one it spreads through all the Smiths.
Shafts of light burst from the shells of Smith like water breaking through a dam, dissolving away each dark silhouette--
Until there are hundreds of faceless forms all made out of bright radiant light.
The old Smith, at the center of the crater, fights to the last. His scream rails against the building as he bursts open and is consumed by light.
From high above we see the explosion of blinding light sweep through the entire city as--
INT. MACHINE CITY TOWER - NIGHT
A final surge rushes through Neo, his body convulsing against his metal coils and we see the light drain out of him, as life slowly leaves him and his body falls quiet and still.
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