The Matrix should not be rebooted (even if there is a right way to do it). Hell, with the way the franchise dovetailed I’m not sure if it should come back in any form. But it is, of course, and we heard it was going to be a reboot. However, the probable screenwriter for the new film, Zak Penn,, is saying otherwise in a bit of a Twitter rant.
All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT the Matrix. People who know Animatrix and the comics understand.
— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 15, 2017
Can't comment yet except to say that the words "reboot" and "remake" were from an article. Let's stop responding to inaccurate news.— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017
If I were going to recast Keanu Reeves, I would cast Keanu Reeves.— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017
Do I want to see more stories set in the universe of the matrix? Yes. Because it's a brilliant idea that generates great stories.— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017
Look at what people are doing with Xmen universe. Between Logan and Legion and Deadpool, does anyone want them to stop? Not me.
— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017
Basically, we’re getting a Matrix universe, not a totally new Matrix franchise. Given the current state of Hollywood this makes total sense, and if you’ve read the Matrix comics or watched Animatrix as Penn suggests then you know there are a lot of other stories out there.
I guess I can kind of see this working out as long as they’re full of great fight scenes, but as I said above the franchise could barely survive three films. Maybe there actually isn’t enough there to make an entire universe.