With reboots being in vogue and Keanu Reeves hotter than ever, it was only a matter of time before another Matrix film would surface. As Variety reports, The Matrix 4 is entering development with Keanu Reeve and Carrie-Anne Moss set to reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity respectively. Lana Wachowski, half of the original directorial duo, is on board to write and direct the film with Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures set to produce and distribute. Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell will be contributing to the script alongside Wachowski.
Toby Emmerich, WB. Picture Group chairman, told Variety, “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.
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.” Plot details are currently unknown and the role of Morpheus, originally portrayed by Lawrence Fishburne, has not been mentioned. There are rumblings that the character will be played by a younger actor, which then puts this whole sequel into a different kind of confusing.
Sources tell Variety that production of the film is set to begin in early 2020, so we’re unlikely to see this film materialize next year. I’m not sure The Matrix needs any further continuation, but I suppose there is more left to be said about the fate of our digital selves.