Are you ready to go back into ‘The Matrix’? Hopefully, you are, as Warner Bros. has officially announced a new film in the franchise, with stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss set to return, along with the brand’s co-creator Lana Wachowski. Wachowski co-created the concept of ‘The Matrix’ with sister Lilly Wachowski, and the pair wrote, directed, and executive produced the original movies. Lana Wachowski will co-write (along with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell) and direct the new film. She will also produce along with Grant Hill. Original producers, Village Roadshow, will co-produce with Warner Bros.
This announcement came via Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich, who stated:
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana. Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.”
The original movies– ‘The Matrix’ (1999), ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ (2003) and ‘The Matrix Revolutions’ (2003)— generated over $1.6 billion worldwide. ‘The Matrix: Revolutions’ was the first movie to be released simultaneously around the world at the same time.
Last spring, screenwriter Zak Penn (‘Ready Player One’) stated that he was working on a new script to revive ‘The Matrix’ brand but he was not announced as being part of this new take. It was first reported that Wachowski was working on a new pitch in late June of this year. At that time, it was rumored that Michael B. Jordan would star, but his involvement wasn’t announced. It was stated that Wachowski’s new film would not be a reboot, but a return to that virtual reality from the originals, and the inclusion of Reeves and Moss would seem to reinforce that. It was not stated that their co-stars Laurence Fishburn, Hugo Weaving, or Jada Pinkett Smith would return, but maybe that news will arrive somewhere down the line as this project grows closer to reality.
The original ‘Matrix’ is returning to select AMC theaters on August 30, in honor of its twenty-year anniversary.
Are you excited at the thought of returning to ‘The Matrix’?