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There's more details on the Wachowskis Cobalt Neural 9 and it gets more crazy

09.22.2010

The Wachowskis COBALT NEURAL 9 is a very real thing. But the details almost make it too bizarre to be true.

We know it's a cinema verite-style film set in the future dealing with Iraq, a homosexual romance between two soldiers, and odd cameos. Vulture has new details on the plot and title of the film. I'm going to cut the chase and get right into it since these details are pretty lengthy. Also, this is spoiler heavy. I will give you the warning...

Now.

THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW. IT'S YOUR FAULT IF YOU READ THEM.

"First, if you don’t understand the title, don’t worry: Our spies who read the screenplay tell us it's gibberish designed to inspire debate as to its meaning; it appears nowhere in the actual script."

"Secondly, 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."

It's being said that the Wachowskis are currently working on another project as well, an adaptation of David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas", with Tom Tykwer (RUN LOLA RUN) scripting. They say that the first one to get financed will be the first one they shoot. Money is on CLOUD ATLAS since it already has major stars interested/attached (Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, James McAvoy, and Natalie Portman). However, ATLAS will have a budget of $80 million while CN9 estimates a budget of $20 million. One rep has already put the can on CN9 saying that it will never get made. But the Wachowskis could very well put their own money on it, therefore letting COBALT NEURAL 9 have it's day.

Extra Tidbit: I'm still sort of stunned. Will we ever see CN9?
Source: Vulture

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