Are the Wachowskis preparing to rob from the rich and give to the poor?
In a bit of out-of-nowhere news, Heat Vision brings word that the duo behind "The Matrix" have added an "urban retelling" of the Robin Hood myth to their plate -- titled, simply, "Hood" -- and have even approached Will Smith to take on the lead role.
Yes, that Will Smith.
The Wachowskis have several projects in various stages of development, including their already controversial gay Iraq War romance "CN-9" ("Cobalt Neural 9," for the record), which is still looking for financing, and their adaptation of David Mitchell's twisty-turny, time-bending 2004 novel, "Cloud Atlas."
However, a Robin Hood movie starring Will Smith, complete with the Wachowskis' unique visual style and knack for nifty action sequences, probably sounds like sweet music (and money) to Warner Bros.' ears -- and the perfect project to make up for the financial disaster that was 2008's "Speed Racer."
If "Hood" ends up being made, it would bring "The Matrix" full circle in a unique way, as Will Smith was originally offered the role of Neo. He turned it down to do "Wild Wild West." Oops.
And, for the record, "Speed Racer" was kind of awesome, even if it didn't make any money.
The Wachowskis are teaming up with their old pal Joel Silver as producer on "Hood" -- expect this one to go into production sooner rather than later. Well, at least sooner than "CN-9," which is currently the very definition of "hard sell" in Hollywood.