The news that work is about to begin on a new, stand-alone Matrix film has left long-time fans both fascinated and sceptical.
Announced last Tuesday by Warner Bros. Pictures, the new reality is set to have original cast members Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss starring once again in their famed roles of Trinity and Neo.
Fans have shown scepticism though due to failures in recent reboots, including 2010’s Nightmare on Elm Street and 2016’s Ghostbusters.
Goliath’s Wes Walcott detailed in his 2018 ’20 movie reboots that failed to breathe new life into a franchise’ that movies aren’t providing that spark of nostalgia.
“These films aren’t just trying to make a better or more modern version of an older movie, they’re trying to be the spark that ignites a whole series of successful movies.”
The original three films, that gained over $1.6 billion USD total at the box office, had their biggest accomplishment with ‘Matrix Reloaded’ gaining $742.1 million alone.
The franchise had its last movie come out over 16 years ago, and up until late 2017, many thought they would never return to the Matrix universe once again.
This sequel is to be written and directed by original Matrix co-creator Lana Wachowski (formerly Andy Wachowski).
The writers/directors gained media attention for being the only transgender sisters to direct a box office hit.
Lana Wachowski, winner of 2012’s Human Right’s Campaign Visibility Award said the transition was a journey, much like her film.
“I believe that the Matrix can remain our cage or it can become our chrysalis… that to be free you cannot change your cage. You have to change yourself.”
Picture group chairman Tony Emmerich detailed his excitement in once again working with the original Matrix writer.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana. Lana is a true visionary.”
Hopefully showing a strong return to the beloved universe, the production phase is set to start midway through 2020.