What if I told you…
The Matrix universe is poised to get a new chapter. That’s right, development is officially underway on a fourth Matrix movie – and with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss back as Neo and Trinity!
Variety broke the news, reporting that Lana Wachowski – who co-directed and co-wrote the original trilogy with Lilly Wachowski – will be directing and co-writing the fourth film. Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures are to produce and distribute.
“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now,” Wachowski said in a statement. “I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”
Said Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich: “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 studio is reportedly excited with the screenplay, which has also been written by David Mitchell (who authored the Cloud Atlas novel, which the Wachowskis co-crafted into a 2012 movie) and Aleksandar Hemon (Love Island).
There are no plot details to go on at this time, other than the fact that Neo and Trinity will – somehow – be back. No official word on whether Laurence Fishburne will be reprising his role as Morpheus. Some of Variety’s sources say that Morpheus may be recast for “a younger take.” Rumours earlier this year had Michael B. Jordan circling as the new Morphous.
The Matrix shook up the cinematic landscape when it arrived in 1999, with audiences and critics worldwide gobsmacked at the visual effects and mind-bending narrative. The sequels – The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions – were less successful on the quality spectrum, but the trilogy was nevertheless a big financial hit. All three films collectively drew over $US1.6 billion in worldwide box office receipts.
Let’s hope what Wachowski and co have in store here doesn’t feel like a nostalgia-fueled cash grab. I, for one, will happily welcome a chapter that spawns a wave of new Matrix movies if they tap into that sense of wonder, the trippy ideas, and visual mastery that we got in the first film. After all, the original trilogy set up a big, big universe with plenty of room for exploration. Very interested to find out what twists they’re going to be crafting to bring back both Neo and Trinity though.
The still-untitled fourth Matrix film is expected to begin filming in early 2020.