Last month, while promoting John Wick: Chapter 2, Keanu Reeves said that he would consider making a fourth Matrix film, but the 52-year-old actor had a few conditions that needed to be met before he would officially sign on. "The Wachowskis would have to be involved," he told Yahoo Movies. "They would have to write it and direct it. And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’d be weird, but why not?” He added, “People die, stories don’t, people in stories don’t."
While you might suspect interest in the franchise may have waned since the 2003 sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, failed to live up the 1999 original, you would be mistaken. Just the possibility of a fourth Matrix film with its original stars and creators, though a long-shot, was generally met with enthusiasm.
However, that possibility has now been all but snuffed out. This past week, it was reported that Warner Bros. is planning to reboot The Matrix without involvement from the Wachowskis and have already hired Zak Penn, the co-writer of X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand, to pen the script. On top of that, Fantastic Four and Creed star Michael B. Jordan is being eyed for the leading role, which could be a young Morpheus.
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The Matrix (1999) - The box-office sensation follows the trials of a young computer programmer (Keanu Reeves) searching to determine the deepest reality of a post-Apocalyptic world. His journey uncovers a web of deceit and massive computer-generated illusions obscuring the truth. As the character Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) said to Neo (Reeves), “No one can be told what The Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.” The same is true for this mind-blowing movie. The film also stars Carrie-Anne Moss and was produced by Joel Silver.
The Matrix was written and directed by Lilly and Lana Wachowski, who spent years nurturing and refining the movie’s breakthrough concepts.
On a $63 million production budget, The Matrix grossed $463.5 million for WB.
An original masterpiece called Get Out made $113M on a $4M budget and Warner Bros is rebooting The Matrix. Spend that money on new ideas!— Travon Free (@Travon) March 15, 2017
Here's my hot take on the 'Matrix' reboot: Every movie you love will be rebooted. It ultimately doesn't matter. The bad ones fade away.— Adam Chitwood (@adamchitwood) March 15, 2017
Can the Matrix reboot just be the original movie with added text at the end that reads "And There Were No Sequels."— Arnie Niekamp (@misterarnie) March 16, 2017
been sitting on this for a few months, but now i can finally announce that warner bros has hired me to write the matrix reboot pic.twitter.com/jte6SPEjLP— leon (@leyawn) March 15, 2017
Here's my advice to Zak Penn on how to reboot The Matrix
1. Turn off the computer— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) March 15, 2017
2. Step away from the computer
3. Don't reboot The Matrix
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Trump: Leak the Matrix reboot news.— Greg Miller (@GameOverGreggy) March 15, 2017
1999: Hollywood gambles on The Matrix— Brian Formo (@BrianFormo) March 15, 2017
2017: Hollywood reboots The Matrix
My Advice to Warner Bros. About Their Plan to Reboot The Matrix Without The Wachowskis:
Don't.— Marcelo J. Pico (@MarceloJPico) March 16, 2017