Matrix ripped off 'the Third Eye'

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renegadedog
Interesting article. Apparently both Matrix and Terminator ripped off a book by an american woman.

I couldn't post the link cos I'm a new poster, so here's the article:


The Matrix: Ripped Off
by Sabrina Ford
Sophia Stewart is pissed off. “They didn’t expect me to go to the feds,” she says, “They didn’t expect this case to blow up this huge.” They includes Warner Brothers, Fox Studios, James Cameron, the Wachowski brothers, and Joel Silver. This case is one of the most fascinating and controversial cases that you may have never heard of.

Sophia Stewart, a black woman residing in Salt Lake City, is alleging that the internationally successful film that we all know as "The Matrix," was actually taken from her screen treatment and epic, "The Third Eye." Stewart also says that in the process of investigating her copyright infringement case, the FBI discovered that there was strong evidence linking "The Terminator," a film Stewart had never seen and therefore never sought compensation for, to "The Third Eye" as well.

Skeptical? I was too. I heard an interview with Stewart on Northern California’s KPFA show, "Hard Knock Radio." I was intrigued but befuddled. I didn’t understand how this could be so hidden for so long. I know that Hollywood is big business and that it can be cutthroat, but would the Wachowskis and Warner Brothers be so bold as to blatantly steal "The Matrix?" Why weren’t Barbara Walters and Ed Bradley knocking down her doorstep trying to get an interview? Well, even if they weren’t interested, I sure as hell was.

I had to find out what Sophia Stewart was about, but when I reached her by phone for a morning interview I was not initially greeted so warmly. “Yes, I’ve been waiting for you,” she said coolly. I was running a bit late. It wasn’t too long though, before Stewart warmed up and relaxed a bit.

She seemed genuinely appreciative for the opportunity to get her story out, and explains that she was originally inspired to write "The Third Eye" when was a film student at the University of Southern California and saw "Star Wars." She picked up on some heavy symbolism in the movie and tells me, “Star Wars is the wars in heaven and Dark Vader is Satan falling from the light to the dark side. So I thought, ‘No one has ever done the second coming of Christ in a science fiction form.’”

In response to me asking how this could have possibly happened, how her story could have been so blatantly ripped off and turned into several multi-million dollar blockbusters, Stewart says that there are two different ways that the producers of "The Matrix" and "The Terminator" could have gotten a hold of "The Third Eye."

Stewart claims that in 1981, she sent an unfinished version of what would become "The Third Eye" to Fox Studios. Stewart was contacted by a woman who worked at Fox, asking that Stewart resend "The Third Eye" once it was completed and told her that Fox was interested in the story. However, by the time Stewart finished "The Third Eye," the woman had left Fox to work for Paramount.

Later on in 1986, Stewart sent "The Third Eye" as a completed epic, along with graphics and illustrations, in response to an ad in which the Wachowskis called for submisions of manuscripts that they could turn into a comic book.

After submitting "The Third Eye," Stewart never heard anything from Fox, Paramount, or the Wachowskis.

In the meantime, Stewart explains, "The Third Eye" was circulating around Hollywood. In 1984 James Cameron filmed "The Terminator," and over a decade later in 1999, Stewart and a friend went to see "The Matrix." She watched the film in total shock. Stewart says she then contacted Warner Brothers and after talks with Warner Brothers and a lawyer, she was offered a settlement. The lawyer advised Stewart to abort the settlement and she is now set to go to trial in July of this year.

After talking to Stewart -- and having her answer all of my questions quickly and in detail, providing names and dates, and sounding so sure -- I had to ask myself, how could she possibly have made this up? I spoke to Stewart for well over an hour about "The Third Eye" and about her case.

Stewart claims that she doesn’t just want money, which is why she says the settlement was aborted -- she is pursuing criminal charges. “Somebody is going to go to jail. We are tired of people stealing our creative work. We’re going to make the government enforce those copyright laws.”

Stewart adds that the theft of creative work is far too common in Hollywood and that big studios have gotten away with it for so long because of their power and influence. She says of the pressures, “If you don’t do what they say they black ball you. Secretly all of Hollywood is behind me. They want to bring the studios down. They know about these thefts.”

“They’ve called me,” says Stewart of others who have gotten in touch with her telling similar stories of theft. “There are so many people that have been stolen from.” Among the works that people are claiming were stolen from them are, "The Fast and the Furious," "Life," and "Drumline."

Most appalling, says Stewart, is the fact that it would’ve been so easy for the studios to pay her for her work. “It’s a greater crime for the rich to steal because they have the money to pay for it. Why should the poor and the weak suffer? We’re not going to take anymore crap.”

Stewart says that she isn’t just fighting for herself, but for all of the writers who have had their work stolen from them. She wants people to know that they need to reclaim what is rightfully theirs. “If somebody took something from you, stand up. Fight. God will provide everything else for you. You don’t need money and power. Those are illusions.”

Stewart calls herself a master writer and sites the success of "The Terminator" and "The Matrix" as evidence of her gift. She studied film at University of Southern California, once worked closely with the Jackson family conceptualizing acting projects for a young Janet, and has a son who is pursuing a rap career. She says that it is because she always gives honor to God that she will be rewarded.

In writing "The Third Eye," Stewart says she wanted to show black people in roles that they’d never been cast in before. “I got so sick of those blaxplotation movies. I was tired of seeing black people as pimps and hoes. I wanted some black super heroes for our children to look up to. "The Matrix" is a black science fiction, the first of its kind, that’s why it was so special.”

She scoffs at the idea that the Wachowskis, two white men, would have created those black characters. “What would they have to do with a black oracle and black super hero? They’re not activists,” she laughs.

As to what exactly she is claiming was taken from her book and what was embellished, Stewart says that minor changes were made, but they don’t conceal the fact that the work is hers. “‘I’ll be back’ is a direct quote from my book,” says Stewart citing the line made famous the world over by current California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in "The Terminator."

Even though an undeniable factor in the success of "The Matrix" and "The Terminator" were the big-budget special effects, Stewart still claims that she should receive the bulk of the credit for the films, explaining that her screen treatment and the work she sent in to the Wachowskis laid out a solid foundation on which the special effects were based. Stewart even goes so far as to say that the awards that were given to the special effects crew for “The Matrix” should actually be given to her.

“Let me take your coat, your name is written inside of it, right? Well on the outside I’m gonna try to make it look like mine. I’m gonna put patches on it. I’m gonna put pins on it. I’m gonna put writing on it. But you’re gonna look at it and say, ‘That’s my coat. I don’t care what you put on it.’ And if you grab it and take it to the principal’s office and he looks inside of it, he’s gonna see your name.”

According to Stewart, if she wins all of the damages and compensation she is asking for, she stands to win over a billion dollars. And the marriage proposals have already begun. “They’re just thinking about a rich wife. Some of them are cute though,” she says of the men who have sent her photos or approached her.

“I’m having my victory party at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas,” she says. Stewart also plans on distributing movies and music with a spiritual message, donate to several churches, build a sound studio, and help her son with his rap career.

Stewart would also be able to release "The Third Eye" as a book, which she is unable to do now, as the book is physical evidence in the case. She also has another story "Soul-less," which she will develop into a film. She believes that "Soul-less" could out do the popularity of "The Matrix" and "The Terminator." “The saga continues,” she says.

She doesn’t seem the least bit concerned about matching the success of the other films and confidently declares, “A master will keep creating.” Stewart , who seems optimistic and is definitely feelin’ herself, says that soon the world will find out that, in her words, “I’m the real thing like Coca-Cola.”

TOH
Old stuff... roll eyes (sarcastic)

http://www.killermovies.com/forums/f42/t315546.html

http://www.killermovies.com/forums/f42/t320791.html

jaden101
very old stuff...and just as unproven now as it was in 1999 when she first made the claim

JKozzy
yes

Clavis
jep we've been over this a million times but anyways good try darling

Doctor Strange
I still haven't been able to find this book anywhere. It's ridiculous.

jaden101
Originally posted by Doctor Strange
I still haven't been able to find this book anywhere. It's ridiculous.

the reason being that its not been published...i personally emailed sophia stewart and asked for a copy on the basis that she had already provided journalists with copies to try and get herself some publicity

i therefor argued that because she had provided journalists with a copy then she could provide me with a copy without jeopordising her case

needless to say i got turned down

she also said that after the court case (which begins next month) she will be publshing the third eye and i was told "it will be available in your local book shop"

but she can only publish it if she wins

so she will potentially be making over a billion dollars in settlement and she still wants to make more money by publishing the third eye

i for one wont be buying it

jaden101
got an email from hannile zulu today with these links

http://www.hanniliezulu.com/

http://www.sophiastewart.com/

Doctor Strange
I smell bullshit...

ragesRemorse
there is always claims like this with EVERY popular movie.

Numo
I wouldn't be surprised though if she looked just like the Oracle in real life.

Clavis
man I thought that ended ages ago...

Clavis
the hidden secret of the matter is that these films were created and written by a black woman... a black woman named Sophia Stewart. But Hollywood does not want you to know this fact simply because it would change history. Also it would encourage our black children to realize a dream and that is... nothing is impossible for them to achieve!”


This is the ting I can't stand about the whole case, they keep on rubbing in that it's a racist case and all. I get the idea black people tend to think that white people are against them, some of them mabey but the most of us "white" people don't even think of it that way, so what's up with the victim act? I wouldn't care if it were a oompaloompa for f's sake roll eyes (sarcastic)

alic88
i think that this person is just seeking attention and... i find it hard to believe that she notices this all by 1999 when she watched the matrix, THE TERMINATOR and TERMINATOR 2 were released way before that. and TERMINATOR 2 was as popular as the matrix maybe even more so i doubt it how she couldnt have known about the terminator and just watched the matrix. i just find it really hard to believe.
plus i think the wachenski( if thats how you spell it) brothers.. or did 1 of them become a female? anyways i think they were inspired by the basic story of THE TERMINATOR when they made the matrix, it looks obvious to me

mahoganywoman
I know that alot of people out there think this woman is a fraud. But now that I think about it, I can see where the two movies would be one story. I can see where the matrix would be the second part of the two franchises and the terminator 1&2 would be the first part as well as the animatrixes story about how the machines took over the earth. I can see all that being one story. All the Warner Brothers did was take her script and turn it into a 2 franchises that made them billions of dollars.

I know people doubt she wrote the Terminator because she didn't file a lawsuit in the 1980's. Maybe she did try to go after Warner Bros originally but Warner Bros is so powerful in the media and industry, they have enough money to keep this whole thing quiet for years. Doesn't anybody find it strange that Warner Bros would also produce the Matrix years later after The Terminator? Isnt it strange that James cameron wanted no part of T-3. He fed some crap about the script not being good but I think he didn't want no envolvement with the lawsuit. Plus, Sophia obviously had enough evidence to back up her claim, because the FBI had to get involved. The Warchowski brothers didnt take that script to Warner Bros. WB already had it. They took part of it for the premise for the Terminator. They just gave Warchowski Bros the money to shoot the Matrix.

Just face it, A woman wrote a script which turned into two wonderful epics. And as a woman, it angers me that a male dominated industry couldn't even give this woman her due. They had to go and steal it from her without compesation. I'm wondering if WB didn't want the world to know that a woman could creativliy write a piece of work that would make Hollywood Billions of dollars is the reason as to why they are keeping this whole thing quiet. Because if this ever got on the 6 o clock news then it would enlighten the minds of people around the world and show them that women are capable of changing how movies are viewed.

Hollywood steals scripts and copyrights all the time from screenwriters and never give the writers their due.

straightshot
I'm a Black guy raised in England..im a fan of the films..and when I watch the trilogy,the final two parts do seem sketchy and weak in delivery..When you also consider the wachowski brothers back catalouge of films.there style is self evident..the Matrix does'nt sit.There very good film makers.The Matrix in terms of storyline is very weak.

I'm a graduate Car designer..and I can tell you that it's highly possible to steal someones creative idea's and "destroy" their credibility.Its happened to me.

DestinyGuy678
are there any updates o nthe case?

straightshot
My concern is not a colou or gender issue.its more an issue of an individuals right to there own person and creativity.Besides there is a case for considering her foolishness in sending material withought monitoring it's usage withought care and concern.Its a buisness issue and has little to do with race.if she'd stuck 2 that fact more progress would have occurred.After all nobody has hindered Oprah being a global success!

jaden101
Originally posted by DestinyGuy678
are there any updates o nthe case?

the case got thrown out of court about 2 years ago...stewart blamed her lawyer for forgetting to use vital "evidence"...in other words none was presented that she wrote anything similar...and none was presented, as she claimed, that people on the set of the matrix were actually using copies of her work whilst making the film

in other words...she had no evidence...and thus the judge laughed it out of court

Dark-Jaxx
The similarities between the story and the movies are sceptical at best from what I have heard.

JKozzy
Originally posted by straightshot
The Matrix in terms of storyline is very weak. Wow. I never thought I'd see the day when someone would believe that.

Vim
Really! I have yet to see a film compete with it in those same terms.

Inspired By You
LET ME JUST SAY THIS..MY NAME IS ANTOINETTE CREWS, NIECE AND FRIEND OF SOPHIA STEWART

IN MY HANDS ARE THE COURT STAMPED DOCUMENTS, THE AFFADAVITS, THE TERRORIST DEATH THREATS AND THE COURT APPEALS AND STATEMENTS GIVEN TO THE COURTS BY BOTH SOPHIA AND THE DEFENDANTS

TRUTH...HER BOOK THRID EYE WAS CHOPPED AND SCREWED TO GIVE THE ILLUSION THAT HER BOOK IS NOTHING LIKE THE MATRIX

HOWEVER IF U REALLY KNOW THE DEPTH OF THE SITUATIO NHER BOOK WAS SIMPLY A REFERENCE AND THE FIRST MINUTE AND 45 SECONDS OF THE TERMINATOR MOVIE IS THE PLAYED TH EXACT SAME WAY THAT IT WAS WRITTEN IN STEWARTS MOVIE TREATMENT COPYWRITTEN IN THE 80'S. SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO ATTEND A CRUCIAL COURT HEARING TO GIVE EVIDENCE THAT WOULD HAVE ORIGINALLY WON HER THE CASE BECAUSE "COINCIDENTALLY" SHE WAS HIT WHILE DRIVING HER CAR ALONE THE DAY BEFORE THE HEARING....THE "DRIVER" FLED THE SCENCE. INFORMATION THAT THE DEFENDANTS SEEMED TO HAVE LEFT OUT WHEN POSTING ALL OVER THE MEDIA THAT STEWART WAS A NO SHOW TO HER HEARING. NOT TO MENTION THAT THE LAWYERS WHO LATER DOUBLE CROSSED HER FAILED TO EVEN MENTION A HEARING WAS TAKING PLACE THE FOLLOWING MORNING IN CALIFORNIA,

WHETHER OR NOT THE HIT AND RUN WAS INTENTIONAL IS UNPROVEN HOWEVER THE MYSTERY STILL LIVES...

TO PUT IT TO REST SHE HAS VERY MUCH WON HER CASE AND WE ARE AWAITING THE FILE TO BE DELIVERED FROM THE COURTS REVELAING THE SETTLEMENT AMOUNT...

SpoonsAreFun
Your holding her court documents, affadavitts, terrorist threats (really terrorists?... or confused fans?).
Not sure why her niece/friend would be holding such information... but hey I guess we all do things a little differently.
Really... the oracle was black in the movie?... holy crap thats the whole case right in a nut shell because no white man would ever think of putting any black people in a movie.
Snoopes says your "Truth" is a "False" perhaps typing in capitals makes it so...
She was "COINCIDENTALLY" in a car accident ,I like the quotation marks seems you either doubt she was in an accident at all or that perhaps WB paid some thug/professional driver to hit her car (in such a manner that the thug/driver could still drive away but leave her immobilized).
I could be wrong, I could be a purple goose, but if it was me I would have made it to that meeting.

Her lawyers "double crossed" her because in reality they were working for WB the whole time... And they unlike other lawyers were not going to recieve a cent from her winning the case, so it was in the best interest of the suits to screw her and not mention things like a hearing taking place in cali.

Why goto the trouble of making sure her car was hit the day before a meeting in cali?, A day would've left her with plenty of time left to rent a car or arrange a ride. Being such a brilliant mind with possibly billions on the line. And why bother messing up her and her car the day before a hearing if they knew she didn't know about the hearing anyways.

Down with Whitey.... trying to hold the proud black woman back...

Sounds like rubbish to me.
I have yet to see anywhere any sort of settlement given but its an interesting topic given the rumours of Matrix 4/5. Of course these are probably more of Sophia Stewarts work probably from her book Soul-Less which to date has not become a new york times best seller nor a book I've ever seen on a shelf.

To revive it from its rest. Perhaps Sophia was right maybe it was a black super hero comic book from the hop and perhaps thats why they originally tried to cast Will Smith to play the part of Neo.... (oddly enough I haven't seen anyone put that part together yet)

IrisLove
I am sure that much more will come out on this case and I will stay tuned:
"On June 4, 2012, she won a judgment against her now deceased attorney, Jonathan Lubell (alias Jon Lubell) for failure to appear at a pre-trial conference in December 2011, and failure to appear to show cause in January 2012 causing her to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue and, more important, causing the dismissal of her $300 million 2003 California lawsuit. Her judgment is for $150 million.

You will be hard-pressed to find information about Ms. Stewart’s wins in the mainstream media. I know for a fact that people had written her off as a crazy lady. How dare she take on such giant corporations as Twentieth Century Fox and influential individuals like the Wachowski brothers and other mega figures in the industry? The fact is, the woman is brilliant and brave. Her story deserves to be heard — that you can wage a battle against the so-called powers that be and win."
celestebateman dot com/Africulture/2012/07/26/sophia-stewart-matrix-terminator-writer-battles-on/

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