After years of rumors of a reboot or re-imagining, it looks like it’s officially time to take the red pill again. After celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, The Matrix is going back online. According to Variety, It looks like our main heroes are coming back, with Keanu Reeves returning as Neo, and Carrie Anne Moss coming back to play Trinity. Lana Wachowski, this time without her creative partner and sibling Lilly, will direct. Wachowski will co-write the film with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. Production is scheduled for sometime in 2020.
In a statement, Warner Brother’s Toby Emmerich said “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.” Lana Wachowski added “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.”
The announcement has no plot details at all, but it did call this movie Matrix 4, suggesting it is a straight up follow up to the third film. The Wachowskis shot the two Matrix sequels back-to-back, and both hit theaters in 2003. Although they have their fans to be sure, the sequels never quite lived up to the promise of the groundbreaking original film from 1999 in the eyes of many. It will be interesting to see if this new chapter coming can bring back the awe and wonder we all felt two decades back, when we saw Keanu do the whole bullet time thing for the very first time. Also, considering where we left the characters, it’ll be fascinating to see just how Neo and company manage to come back.
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