I hope you’re ready to go back into the Matrix. According to Variety, a fourth Matrix film is in development at Warner Bros. with Lana Wachowski returning to write and direct. Both Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are also attached to reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity.
Warner Bros. head Toby Emmerich released a statement Tuesday regarding the announcement. “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.”
Details on the plot are completely non-existent right now. As are details on the future of Morpheus, who was originally played by Lawrence Fishburne. Though, it’s been rumored that he’ll be recast with a younger actor. And, considering the series’ reality-bending concept, there wouldn’t be too many hoops to jump through storywise. Wachowski wrote the script alongside Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.
The news may come as a bit of a surprise to movie fans who see the franchise as a relic of the 2000s. However, considering Hollywood’s constant franchise fervor it makes sense that a $1+ billion series like this wouldn’t stay dead for long. Plus, there’s something of a Keanu Reeves renaissance happening right now, as Bill and Ted 3 recently began production and Marvel desperately wants him in the MCU. (Not to mention the TWO different films starring Reeves that opened to #1 at the box office this summer.) So, with Keanu on board, there’s a good chance that The Matrix 4 could reach the heights of the mind-blowing original.
The still-untitled film has yet to receive a release date.