The idea for the movie was created when The Wachowskis were thinking for some new story for a comic book series.
The Wachowskis approached Warner with the idea of the Matrix and Warner balked at the 80 million budget they had submitted. Warner instead agreed to give them 10 million.
The Wachowskis took the money and filmed the first ten minutes of the movie using the entire 10 million. They then showed the executives at Warner the opening scene. They were impressed, and green-lit the original asking budget.
All the sunglasses were custom-designed. Theyre by Richard Walker and his firm Blinde. Walker also designed sunglasses for the title character in 2001s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
Producer Joel Silver was skeptical about the Wachowskis ability to pull it off. He told them to go make another, smaller-scale movie first, so they went off to do 1996s Bound.
In the combat training program before Keanu Reeves starts his furious attacks on Morpheus, he rubs his nose with his thumb and finger, a similar mannerism of Bruce Lee before he attacks on his opponents. The move was improvised by Reeves.
When Morpheus is explaining “What the Matrix is” to Neo, he uses the phrase, “Welcome, to the desert of the real.” This is a paraphrase from Jean Baudrillard’s “Simulacra and Simulation”, the hollowed-out book where Neo keeps his illegal software.
…This Book explores the postmodern concept of simulation and hyperreality. The chapter where he hides is software is called “On Nihilism”. Nihilism often involves a sense of despair coupled with the belief that life is devoid of meaning.
The powerful sidearm used by the Agents in all 3 Matrix films is the Magnum Research Israeli Military Industries Desert Eagle .50 AE.
While shooting, cast and crew had a Chinese ritual of burning incense and had roasted pig barbecues every day.
After Smith sends Neo flying backwards with a punch to the chest, Neo spews blood before getting back to his feet. Once he does, he taunts Smith in a fighting stance. The stance branches from the style Hapkido.
According to The Wachowskis, all animals in the Matrix universe are computer generated images.
The spring-loaded cell phones used in the film were Nokia Stilleto’s or 8110′s. These phones were produced in limited quantities and were only available in Europe and in Australia.
Carrie-Anne Moss twisted her ankle while shooting one of her scenes but decided not to tell anyone until after filming, so they wouldn’t re-cast her.
All scenes that take place within the Matrix have a green tint, as if watching them through a computer monitor, while scenes in the real world have normal coloring.
According to costume designer Kym Barrett, Trinity’s costume was made with cheap PVC because of much tighter budget. Similarly, Neo’s coat wasn’t actually a very expensive fabric. It was a wool blend got for three dollars a yard.