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"Venom 2" Used "Matrix 4" Footage


COVID-19 made filming a pretty difficult task, especially for a lot of blockbusters that used the same major cities for production. This led to an interesting "recycling" of footage from one film in production to another, due to both filming in San Francisco at the same time. In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage Location Manager Christopher Kusiak discusses how the film couldn't shoot in certain locations due to The Matrix Resurrections already filming there. However, Kusiak revealed that The Matrix 4's of helicopters in one scene actually became of use to a scene in Venom 2 that was filming close by at the time. Here is Kusiak's full quote:

“Lots of stuff impacted filming. A lot of our driving shots went away because Matrix controlled all of downtown… We ended up moving a stunt up onto the top of the parking garage because we couldn’t get to the areas we wanted because of The Matrix. But if we would’ve been there first, it probably would’ve gone the other way....The helicopters were actually on the Matrix movie. The Matrix was filming at the same time so we were catching part of their activity on camera."

There is a long, rich history of filmmakers using footage from their own, older films as stock footage for their newer productions, but this is a rare case of one filmmaker/crew using footage from another simultaneous production of another filmmaker/crew. I'm sure The Matrix Resurrections would appreciate the odd "narrative-in-a-narrative" situation that was presented here by this sequence of events.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is currently in theaters and The Matrix Resurrections is set to be released in theaters on December 22nd.

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