The Wachowski Siblings now have a title for their mystery Hard-R homosexual love story set against the backdrop of the Iraq War but told from the future: CN9. It’s an acronym for “9th Cranial Nerve” and according to Wikipedia* “is mostly sensory.” Of course, it could mean something completely different within the context of the film. Production Weekly also tweets that casting has begun on the film. That’s interesting because we may know two of the “actors” who have already shot scenes for the film. Hit the jump for what we think we know about this movie.
In December 2009, we reported that Arianna Huffington, founder and Editor-in-Chief of the progressive news and opinion site The Huffington Post, tweeted photos of herself in funky hair and make-up shooting what she believed to be a movie about the Iraq War told from 90 minutes in the future. It was speculated that Huffington was just shooting test footage for RED cameras to be used on the film.
The picture became a bit clearer in March when former Independent Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura talked about participating the film:
[The Wachowskis] put multicolored dreadlocks on me all the way to here. They gave me this crazy beard that was hanging down pointed, looked like Travolta, right? And they put a third eye in the middle of my forehead. Because what this is, is this is a hundred years in the future, and they wanted me to talk about the current war in Iraq and how I felt about it. And so I got to vent, looking like this maniac in this whole outfit.
So it looks like Huffington and Ventura were asked to speak openly about their views of the Iraq War, but made-up to look like interview subjects for a documentary being shot in the 22nd century.
And as for the Hard-R homosexual love story? That’s what Deadline said it was when the Andy and Lana Wachowski were shopping “a cinema verite-style treatment that centers on the romantic relationship between U.S. soldier and an Iraqi citizen. The story begins in the near future and then spans back over years that include the current war in Iraq.”
Sounds insane, but the Wachowskis are known for defying expectations. Even The Matrix Revolutions, which I hated, didn’t turn out how I expected it would. I expected it to turn out good.
*Yeah, I had to consult Wikipedia about medical knowledge. My online degree in brain science didn’t cover that topic. Or much else really. But I got the diploma. It’s even got a little picture of a brain wearing a top hat. That’s how you know it’s for reals.