Warner Bros. wants to reboot and relaunch The Matrix

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. wants to reboot The Matrix. Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand, story credits on X2 and The Avengers) is in talks to write the reboot treatment. Warner Bros. reportedly wants to model the new Matrix franchise after Disney/Lucasfilm’s approach to Star Wars. This is a much better idea than modeling the new Matrix franchise after the company’s own fledgling DC Extended Universe.

The landmark 1999 sci-fi action film from the Wachowskis is a distillation of what everyone thought was cool and edgy in the 1990s. It was followed by two sequels in 2003, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. The less said about Revolutions, the better.

This proposed reboot is in very early stages. The Wachowskis are not currently involved, and it is unclear what their contractual agreements are regarding participation or blessing of this project. It’s also unclear if the original cast–Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving–will return in any capacity. There is speculation that Warner Bros. would like Michael B. Jordan to be part of the Matrix reboot, but as THR notes, that’s getting ahead of themselves.

The film might not need to be a full series reboot. As revealed by The Architect in The Matrix Reloaded, there have been multiple iterations of the reality-simulating program of the Matrix, and the one Neo was experiencing was just the latest version in the series. Perhaps this reboot could be loosely tied to the previous film’s continuity, sort of like a newer version of the iPhone or Windows.

As long as it’s not Vista or Windows 10…

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[via THR]
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