Can you take any more movie news today? Because this one just got bigger: the long rumored Matrix 4 is actually happening!
Stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will be back as will writer/director Lana Wachowski. As before Warner Bros and Village Roadshow will be co-producers.
Wachowski will co-write The Matrix 4 with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” said WB’s Toby Emmerich in a statement. “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 first Matrix movie debuted 20 years ago in 1999, co-directed by the Wachowski siblings Lana and Lilly, set in a world of computer enhanced reality and machine over human. It immediately set the film world on its ear with its radical use of CGI technology, and giddy mashup of SF, martial arts movies and Joseph Campbell. Its visual style – including bullet-time – were copied and absorbed so that almost every action SF movie since has had a bit of Matrix DNA in it.
Two sequels – The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003)— disappointed movie goers with their “love conquers all” philosophizing, but earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office, so who is laughing.
Since then the franchise has languished a bit. The Wachowskis have made a series of cult films that did middling box office (Speed Racer, Jupiter Ascending), Moss co-starring in Netflix’s Jessica Jones, and Reeves has become the patron saint of the internet by living his best life, becoming untold memes, and starring in the highly successful John Wick franchise.
Rumors of a fourth Matrix film had swirled for a while, with recent iterations suggesting that Michael B. Jordan would star and Zak Penn direct. Obviously the powers that be decided that getting the OG band back together again was the way to go, and I couldn’t agree more.
I’m excited! The Aughts are back, baby!