Twenty years ago, Lana and Lilly Wachowski changed the landscape of action films and Hollywood blockbusters with their sophomore effort, The Matrix. While the sequels split audiences and critics, the original is still hailed as a hallmark classic of cinema and sort of ushered in a new trend of more cerebral action films with flawless fight/stunt choreography (John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch originally met star Keanu Reeves while working on The Matrix trilogy). Ever since the saga ended, there have been whispers of a fourth film, and now thanks to an exclusive report from Variety, we can confirm that Lana will be returning to direct a fourth film “set in the world of The Matrix,” with Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss officially set to reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively, from the original films! Wachowski is co-writing the script with Aleksandar Hemon (Love Island) and David Mitchell (Under the Silver Lake, It Follows) as well as producing with Grant Hill. Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film, which sources say is being eyed to begin production at the beginning of 2020.
Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement earlier today, stating:
“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 to this with her own statement, saying:
“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.”
Previous rumors regarding the future of the franchise had the new film being either a reboot or prequel starring Michael B. Jordan, possibly as a young Morpheus (played by Laurence Fishburne in the first three films). There’s currently no word on who else will be returning to the franchise, but you can bet the studio is going to try and nab as many returning stars as possible in addition to some fresh new faces to fill out the ensemble. An interesting omission from the returning side of things is Lana’s sister Lilly, who have pretty much worked hand-in-hand on every project they’ve done. Both made a surprising transition from male to female years ago that took somewhat of a heavy toll on them both (with speculation during the production of Sense8 that it was hitting Lilly the hardest), which is likely the reason for it.
There’s no further details about the project currently, but stay tuned here for more news as it becomes available.