Screen Writer Zak Penn Says The New ‘Matrix’ Is NOT A Reboot

Posted Friday, March 17th, 2017 04:50 pm GMT -4 by

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Yes, Warner Brothers is revisiting ‘The Matrix’, the landmark sci-fi film that kicked off the new millennium, with a new writer Zak Penn (‘Ready Player One’, ‘The Avengers’) and with Michael B. Jordan eyed as the star.  But early buzz that this would be a reboot/remake of the 1999 film are apparently false, as Penn has now stated that this new film will actually be a return to the same universe as the original trilogy, which was written and directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski (formerly Larry and Andrew).

Via Twitter, Penn attempted to set the record straight, saying:

zak_penn_image“All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT the Matrix. People who know Animatrix and the comics understand. Can’t comment yet except to say that the words “reboot” and “remake” were from an article. Let’s stop responding to inaccurate news… How about just re-release the matrix? Don’t reboot it, you can’t do better. Do I want to see more stories set in the universe of the matrix? Yes. Because it’s a brilliant idea that generates great stories. Look at what people are doing with X-Men universe. Between Logan and Legion and Deadpool, does anyone want them to stop? Not me.”

Pernn might be a little biased when it comes to the X-Men, since he had a hand in scripting ‘X-Men 2′ and ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’.

But perhaps the important thing to take note of is that he referenced the ‘Animatrix’ and comics, which build upon the reality of the live action films but told stories outside of the main storyline, with Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne).

And like the X-Men, there is potentially a whole world to explore with ‘The Matrix’.  20th Century Fox had their main ‘X-Men’ film franchise going, as well as their off-beat ‘Deadpool’ brand, James Mangold’s gritty ‘Logan’ and the trippy critical favorite ‘Legion’ on FX, as well as a new show coming to FOX this fall.  The studio could potentially weave a similar world with ‘The Matrix’.

What do you think?  Would you like to explore this world further?

Source: Screen Rant