Warner Bros. announced today that The Matrix 4 is in the works, and Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are both set to return to the roles that made them superstars in the late ’90s and early 2000s. One half of the original trilogy’s creators, Lana Wachowski, is also locked to return, as her story was good enough to get Warner Bros. on board for a return to the iconic franchise.
The news was first broke by Variety, and more details have slowly leaked out about fans can expect in this new Matrix film. Reeves and Moss will reprise their roles of Neo and Trinity, respectively, but not much else has been released about the plot of The Matrix 4.
Toby Emmerich, chairman of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group, spoke highly of what Lana Wachowski will bring to the franchise that elevated her and her sister into the upper echelons of filmmakers, and kicked off a whole genre of anime-inspired live action filmmaking.
“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 Matrix premiered in the spring of 1999 and quickly took the world by storm. The use of “bullet-time” camera techniques heralded in a new age of special effects, and made household names of the three stars: Reeves, Moss, and Laurence Fishburne. Two sequels followed, but they were critically panned for losing sight of what made the first film so special. The Matrix film series has made over $1.6 billion in the 20 years of its existence.
One key component of the Matrix 4 news is the lack of involvement of co-creator Lilly Wachowski, or any announcement regarding the return of Fishburne to the role of Morpheus. One this is for sure; in a world dominated by the internet, social media, and powerful computing in the palms of our hands, the Matrix universe could be a welcome return to movie houses worldwide.
“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Lana Wachowski said, according to Variety.
The Matrix 4 is scheduled to begin production in early 2020 for a possible release in the summer of 2021.
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