If you believe that language is not important in the film industry, then tell that to screenwriter Zak Penn. The Hollywood scribe this week took to Twitter amid the news that The Matrix is coming back in some shape or form. But shot down the notion that it could be a reboot/remake of the 1999 installment or original franchise.
The 48-year old is best known for his work within the X-Men series and 2012's The Avengers, yet the comeback of Neo, Morpheus and the gang had social media abuzz with activity. Without revealing any detail on the plot or even addressing the speculation surrounding Creed star Michael B. Jordan in the lead role, Penn put a red line through the concept that Warner Brothers want to rehash what went before.
Matrix 4 Will Be One of Spinoff/Prequel/Sequel
Not exactly categorized as a "rant" but more akin to a firm clarification, Penn outlined what the thinking is at the studio. Referencing his old employer at Marvel as a reference point, he believes that the trio of movies can be the origin of a greater universe that can be explored.
"All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT The Matrix," he tweeted. "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. 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."
Will Wachowski's Want To Return To The Fold?
Lana and Lilly Wachowski were the two architects of the three blockbusters and Keanu Reeves went as far as to say on the record that any potential involvement by him had to include the pair. While Warner Brothers doesn't need to have them on board after purchasing the rights off producer Joel Silver, it is believed that the studio would at least like to have their blessing to sign off on the project.
Back in 2014 there was strong speculation that the duo of filmmakers wanted to make another three Matrix titles beginning in 2017, but those plans fell on deaf ears. They are now behind the science fiction series on Netflix Sense8 following their work on Jupiter Ascending with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.