Lana Wachowski and Andrew Paul “Andy” Wachowski are siblings collectively known as The Wachowskis (formerly The Wachowski Brothers), are American film directors, writers and producers, most famous for creating The Matrix series. They are currently co-directing Cloud Atlas. Lana Wachowski asigned male at birth in Chicago in 1965. Andy Wachowski followed in 1967. Their mother, Lynne, was a nurse and painter whose brother is actor Laurence Luckinbill. Their father, Ron Wachowski, was a businessman of Polish descent. They went to Kellogg Elementary School, in Chicago’s Beverly area, and graduated from Whitney Young High School, known for its performing arts and science curriculum, in 1983 and ‘86. Former students recall them playing Dungeons & Dragons and working in the school’s theater and TV program.
Andy then attended Emerson College in Boston, while Lana went to Bard College in New York. Both dropped out before graduating, and they ran a carpentry business in Chicago while creating comic books. The siblings admit to a love for telling multipart stories. “Because we grew up on comic books and the Tolkien trilogy, one of the things we’re interested in is bringing serial fiction to cinema,” Lana has said. Prior to working in the film industry, the Wachowskis wrote comic books for Marvel Comics’ Razorline imprint, namely Ectokid in 1993 as well as writing for EPIC Comics “Clive Barker’s Hellraiser” and “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” comic series. In 2003, they created Burlyman Entertainment and have released comic books based on The Matrix as well as two original bi-monthly series: Shaolin Cowboy and Doc Frankenstein.
Rumors that Lana Wachowski was a cross-dresser or transitioning transgender spread in the early 2000s, though neither sibling spoke directly on the subject. The Wachowskis are collaborating with Tom Tykwer on Cloud Atlas, for Warner Bros. Pictures. Tykwer and The Wachowskis collaborated on the screenplay and are co-directing the film, leading their own crews that are working in parallel. The film is set for release in late 2012. Warner Bros. have expressed interest in Hood, a modern adaptation of the Robin Hood legend, which the Wachowskis wrote and plan to direct. Jupiter Ascending, an original science fiction screenplay by the Wachowskis, is set to be made into a film by Warner Bros. The studio is looking for a major star to lead the cast, ahead of a planned spring 2012 start date.