This is Rumor Control. Here are the facts. The Matrix is considered one of the greatest action and science fiction franchises in cinema history. The second and third films were less favored than the 1999 original, but the anime, comics and video games expanded the world in such a way that no other media franchise had. Ever since the mildly teasing ending of The Matrix Revolutions, fans have wondered if the studio would ever continue it in some way. Most fans feel the main trilogy serves best to remain as a standalone entry, but there’s no denying there is an interest in more films. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, we’re about to get just that.
Apparently, Warner Bros. is relaunching the franchise with Zack Penn (The Avengers, X2: X-Men United) penning the script. And that’s not all. According to sources, they are eyeing Michael B. Jordan to star!
But wait, there’s more.
According to Penn, the new film isn’t actually a reboot at all. He’s been very vocal on Twitter over the past few days about the project, and ScreenRant has compiled his posts into a more coherent paragraph:
“All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT the Matrix. People who know Animatrix and the comics understand. Can’t comment yet except to say that the words ‘reboot’ and ‘remake’ were from an article. Let’s stop responding to inaccurate news… How about just re-release the matrix? Don’t reboot it, you can’t do better. 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. Look at what people are doing with Xmen universe. Between Logan and Legion and Deadpool, does anyone want them to stop? Not me.”
So yes, this sounds like they’re trying to set up a Matrix shared film universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Extended Universe, Paramount’s Transformer’s series, Warners’ own MonsterVerse and many many others.
Internet backlash against this announcement has been huge, but there has been some who are arguing that it may be high time for a new entry in the franchise. The rumored involvement of Michael B. Jordan has led to rumors that the film could be a prequel focusing on a young Morpheus, portrayed by Lawrence Fishburne in the original trilogy. Other sources state this is simply one of the many possible ideas being discussed right now.
There’s no word yet on if original directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski or producer Joel Silver will be involved, but I imagine the studio will at the very least want to get their blessing seeing as they were the main driving force behind the franchise. The siblings are currently continuing their Netflix series Sense8 as well as dealing with media scrutiny regarding them both now having come out as transgendered, so it’s unknown if they will have the time or even desire to return to the franchise.