While the Wachowski siblings no longer have quite the same buzz surrounding them as they once did (Speed Racer will do that to you), people are still very curious to find out what, exactly, is going on with Cobalt Neural 9. All we knew was that it was about a gay romance between two soldiers in the Iraq War, it was set in the future, and Arianna Huffington had a small role. (See above photo.) But now, a flood of information has come out about the film, some of which maybe points to why it will never, ever get made. Ever. Warning, major spoilers ahead:
…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… he "just wants to fuck and kill everything" in Iraq — until, that is, he falls in love with the Iraqi.
Right, so… probably won't be a big blockbuster or anything, but it might still find a big enough audience, right? At least a big-name distributor?
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.
Oh boy. I'm not a one to clutch my pearls about much in movies; the set-up actually sounds interesting, if maybe a bit undercooked, and it's hard to capture nuance and complexity in a second-hand plot synopsis. But I'm also realistic, and this one will probably be a hard sell for a lot of people.
Also not helping? The Wachowskis are also working on another film, Cloud Atlas, that has several big names attached. So we might have to wait a while to see any part of Cobalt Neural 9.