Of all the science-fiction/action franchises to earn a reboot, none will be more talked about than The Matrix. The 1999 blockbuster won four Academy Awards. Going on to be regarded as one of the greatest films in the genre. And, of course, Warner Brothers is now eyeing a fresh addition.
The studio has sought out screenwriter Zak Penn to relaunch the movie after the 48-year old penned Last Action Hero, X2, The Avengers and Pacific Rim: Uprising. The smash hit would go onto spawn two sequels in the form of The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Two titles that failed to capitalize on the success of the $463.5m box office original in the eyes of the fans and critics.
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Little is known about the reboot of the movie other than the inclusion of Penn behind the scenes. As a director, producing team and cast remain an unknown quantity. That happens to also go for the screenplay itself, as it is not understood whether it will be a sequel, spinoff, reimagining or prequel to proceedings from 18 years ago.
One man who has been linked with a part in the remake is 30-year old Michael B. Jordan, a man riding high after his efforts in the Rocky spinoff Creed. The interest from the actor is said to be somewhat tenuous without these other pieces in place. Especially since producer Joel Silver sold his rights to the property to Warner Brothers for a cool $30m back in 2012.
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It would be almost impossible to consider a Matrix title without the participation of it's headline act, yet the John Wick star was forthcoming only a few months back about the subject. Keanu Reeves spoke about his thoughts on a return for the franchise, but on the provision that the original filmmakers would have to be included.
"The Wachowskis (Lana and Lilly) would have to be involved," proclaimed Reeves. "They would have to write it and direct it. And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’d be weird, but why not? People die, stories don’t, people in stories don’t."
Unfortunately the pair are not believed to be involved in plans for the reboot, which would leave Reeves as something of a loose end should he stick to his word. Warner Brothers are adamant that they want fresh blood with a new director and cast, a fact that could be as hard to swallow as a red pill from Morpheus for many of The Matrix faithful.