There are few movie buffs out there who do not have a strong opinion one way or the other on Warner Brothers revival of The Matrix. You will likely fit into one of two camps. The first being that this is the worst decision ever and tarnishes a great legacy. Something that many argue Reloaded and Revolutions did anyway. Or it is an exciting development that opens up a ton of possibilities.
Barely days after the news became public, it seems the filmmakers are looking at Morpheus as the central player in the "don't call it a reboot" reboot. This feeds into the theory regarding the potential casting of Michael B. Jordan in the lead role, taking over the slot vacated by Laurence Fishburne that he began in 1999 and ended in 2003.
Writer's Room In Spitballing Ideas Phase
Perhaps as a means of testing the public's reaction to the idea, a source claims that the newly established writer's room is brainstorming a number of narratives that extended into a greater universe. With the Japanese series The Animatrix taking the story and running with it to great acclaim, they have identified Morpheus as a vehicle to expand on the world.
"(Warner Brothers) is not interested in rebooting The Matrix, but rather in exploring expanded universe concepts," they remarked. "And according to two independent sources we've spoken with, one idea that's gained a lot of support is a prequel film starring Michael B. Jordan as a young Morpheus.
"Our understanding is that a Morpheus film has long been a concept favored by the folks at Warner Brothers. The studio has established a writer's room (a sure-fire sign that WB is gunning for multiple films/franchises), and our further understanding is that this Morpheus idea is one of several being kicked around."
Director's Race Already Underway
IGN have developed something of a shortlist for the contenders of the spinoff/recreation. At least as far as the director's chair is concerned. Dealing with this subject material that will have many sweating over its success, names like Rian Johnson (Looper), Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), Chad Stahelski (John Wick), Neill Blomkamp (District 9), Tim Miller (Deadpool), Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) and Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) have been mooted.
The common thread for all of these men is their ability to pull off the action and/or science-fiction genre in a masterful way. The Matrix revolutionized the action sequence 18 years ago. And anyone who takes the helm for the next project will have to think big.