A friend of mine, Jeffrey Tuggle, recently brought something to my attention. “The Matrix” trilogy, a multi-billion dollar series, and “The Terminator” (also not lacking for any funds), has apparently been under private fire. Larry and Andy Wachowski, the creators of The Matrix, allegedly pirated their “creation” from one Miss Sophia Stewart, an African-American woman who authored “The Third Eye” in 1981, a treatise dealing with the expansive and thematic concepts wrestled with in “The Matrix” and “The Terminator”. According to Stewart, “The Terminator” was also derived from her works (both movies were produced by Warner Brothers). Below is an excerpt from the linked article:

She didn’t find out about the piracy until she went to see the movie herself in 1999.

After several attempts to move forward with the case, the Central District of California allowed the case to go forward in 2004; if successful, she is set to receive one of the biggest payoffs in Hollywood history.

Major news outlets have amazingly kept quiet on the issue. Stewart has reasons of her own as to why:

The reason you have not seen any of this in the media is because Warner Brothers parent company is AOL-Time Warner… this GIANT owns 95 percent of the media… let me give you a clue as to what they own in the media business… New York Times papers/magazines, LA Times papers/magazines, People Magazine, CNN news, Extra, Celebrity Justice, Entertainment Tonight, HBO, New Line Cinema, Dreamworks, Newsweek, Village Roadshow… many, many more… They are not going to report on themselves. They have been suppressing my case for years…

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  • Amanda

    People please start using your critical thinking skills. If she wrote this story based on stories of the bible then how is she anymore original. Many writers do this. In writing groups we talk about this all the time one of the greatest sources for writers is the bible and other religious text plus just plain old stories from around the world because duh they are universal. The idea for the matrix is nothing new. Stories about people being enslaved and having someone who is the one or savior is not new either. Star Wars anyone. Sundiata Kieta. So you are telling me someone would get sued for making Sundiata Kieta.

    Hell I wrote a story and found out later that someone was writing a similar. I wrote a short script and others said it was like Kpax which I hadn’t seen, but saw 2 or 3 years later. This goes for Harlan Ellison sueing James Cameron who hadn’t even seen his episode of the Outer Limits. But he still had to pay. I think for making a movie similar which I think is silly. If Harlan Ellison agrees that he might not have seen it, but still came up with a story similar than why the hell should the man have to compensate him. It just makes writing and movies seem depressing some how.

    Many people get their ideas from the books, movies, articles they read, dreams, like experiences, things they hear people say and countless other ways, but that doesn’t mean I should be sued. George Lucas would be sued by the makers of the Hidden Fortress, hell the story was also like an king Arthur also it’s story is basically is about a crazed leader Palpetine (hitler) enslaving people and mass genocide. Wait Doctor Who would be sued to because of Davros and the Daleks etc.

    • Amanda

      Oh and Philip K. Dick was the inspiration from Terminator not Ellison

  • Orphia

    To correct Stewart’s statement, Time Warner does not own Dreamworks.

  • tom

    Actually the story was not the Waschoskis. It was pitched through invitation in 1993, the same year the brothers claim it. The party was told to submit it after he was invited to New york. He was told after his pitch gthat Warner Brothers was going to make it. It was submitted through attorneys to the head of the story department with a cover letter protecting it. It is copyrighted with the copyright office under the tilte, The Immortals. This is where they got it. It is coming forward written by a writer who came out of a Christian grad school. The author just recently found out and things are in motion. You will fond the diggers, attachment to the neck, council, the 2nd coming, the train station with the little girl and the ending all in it.

  • Larry Wachowski’s becoming a ladyboy ( a gender change to a woman and goes by the name of Lana) does not make the team to be less of infringers you know. Although Lana you do look cute

  • Safiyyah

    I am looking for a 2012 update to this battle.