Mike Fleming at Deadline just broke the news that the Wachowski siblings are currently trying to find a home for a "hard R drama about a homosexual relationship between a United States soldier and an Iraqi." According to Fleming, the duo have completed the script, which is a "cinema verite-style treatment that begins in the near future and then spans back over years that include the current war in Iraq," and have already sent it out to financiers in the hope of making it their next directorial project (their first since Speed Racer, a film I still love despite overwhelming popular opinion to the contrary).
What Fleming doesn't touch upon, however, is that this sounds awfully similar to a mystery project the pair were reportedly working on months ago. Both Arianna Huffington and Jesse Ventura mentioned that they have gone in front of the camera for the Wachowskis to film segments for an unannounced project; a project that Ventura later revealed was a futuristic retrospective on the Iraq war. How that fits into this newly unveiled project is unclear, but I'd find it hard to believe that they have two separate, near-future Iraq war projects going on that are unrelated to each other. Perhaps the Huffington/Ventura footage is part of a proof-of-concept package for investors?
Only those with deep, film-financing pockets know at this point. All I know is that the Wachowskis have built up enough cinematic credit with me that I'll get excited any time they announce a new project. I'm not so sure most people feel the same way, and I'm particularly doubtful that most people will get excited about a gay love story set in the Iraqi war. What do you think?