The Matrix (Screenplay Download)
Before filming The Matrix, the Wachowski brothers had only filmed one movie that was pretty unknown amongst the mainstream. So when they pitched the Matrix screenplay to Warner Bros. it was an uphill battle to get the budget they needed to pull off their vision. After having the entire film storyboarded by professional comic book artists, it became clear to the studio what they were trying to achieve. The studio agreed to give them the money they needed on one condition — they get to pick the movie’s star. Fun fact: Will Smith was the first choice, but turned it down to do Wild Wild West after admitting he didn’t understand the concept.