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From Hollywood Reporter:


More Matrix? Bet on it.

It’s still not clear what shape the project will take, but sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros. is in the early stages of developing a relaunch of The Matrix, the iconic 1999 sci-fi movie that is considered one of the most original films in cinematic history, with Zak Penn in talks to write a treatment.

Sources say there is potential interest in Michael B. Jordan to star, but much must be done before the project is ready to go.

At this point, the Wachowski siblings, who wrote and directed the original and its two sequels, are not involved and the nature of their potential engagement with a new version has not been determined. Certainly, Warners would want the two filmmakers to give at minimum a blessing to the nascent project. The studio had no comment.

Joel Silver, who produced the original trilogy, is said to have approached Warners about the idea of mining The Matrix for a potential new film. However, Silver sold his interest in all his movies to the studio in 2012 for about $30 million, according to sources. Warners is said to be leery of including him in any meaningful role, as he not only has a reputation for budget-control issues, but apparently has a strained relationship with the Wachowskis. The siblings hold much more meaning for fans than the producer. Silver's reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Written and directed by the Wachowskis when they went by Andy and Larry, the original movie sees humanity living in a simulated reality, unaware that humans are in pods in which their bodies are being harvested for energy. A computer programmer named Neo (Keanu Reeves) slowly becomes aware of this suppressed existence, eventually becoming humanity’s one true hope (Neo = One) to overthrow the oppressors. The pic also starred Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving.

The Matrix was released in a quiet period of the 1999 release calendar — March 31 — and Warner Bros. didn’t have outsized expectations for an action movie with obvious Manga and comic-book influences. But the story and ground-breaking special effects (including the slow-motion "bullet time" effect, which launched dozens of imitators in the years that followed) became the highest grossing R-rated film of 1999 in North America, and the fourth-highest grossing film of the year worldwide. It also won four Academy Awards.

Two sequels, Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, were not as well received, but Reeves’ deal for those films made him one of the richest actors in Hollywood.

While promoting John Wick: Chapter 2, Reeves said he would be open to returning for another installment of the franchise if the Wachowskis were involved. "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?” he told Yahoo Movies. However, it is likely that Warners will look elsewhere to attract an A-list director and star.

While some at Warners consider the title among the studio’s sacrosanct properties, such as Casablanca, others see a need to redevelop it in an environment where studios are desperately looking for ways to monetize their libraries and branded IP is hard to come by.

The idea of adapting The Matrix as a television series was nixed in recent months. But Warner Bros. sees a model in what Disney and Lucasfilm have done with Star Wars, exploring the hidden corners of the universe with movies such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story or the in-production young Han Solo film. Perhaps a young Morpheus movie could come out of the exploration, as an example.

Penn is a writer with deep roots in the geeky genres in which Matrix travels. He created the Syfy network’s super-powered show Alphas and has been involved in comic book movies ranging from the X-Men franchise to The Avengers.
 

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Out of all the bad ideas to come out of hollywood... this might be the worst one.


You did it Hollywood. You finally topped yourselves.
 

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A continuation of the story with the old cast would interest me, but a reboot? NO THANKS! :vomit:
 

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The first movie was good. The sequels were less than stellar although they offered some amazing visuals. But this story is old and tired.
 

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Out of all the bad ideas to come out of hollywood... this might be the worst one.


You did it Hollywood. You finally topped yourselves.
BUT, now they can use smart phones as a gimmick! Also, Michael B. Jordan, man. Rebooting Fantastic Four with him worked so well, they should do The Matrix next! :wacky:
 

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@AlienKing Does this news bother you as much as it bothers me? :rolleyes:
Like @Noodles said, i wouldnt have minded seeing a sequel. Or even a prequel with mix of old/new cast (ie - what happened before The One; it's such a rich world to explore).
But a reboot? :stop: There's no way they're topping the original. At best, we'll probably get a CGI action-filled popcorn flick. And that's me being optimistic.
 

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Like @Noodles said, i wouldnt have minded seeing a sequel. Or even a prequel with mix of old/new cast (ie - what happened before The One; it's such a rich world to explore).
But a reboot? :stop: There's no way they're topping the original. At best, we'll probably get a CGI action-filled popcorn flick. And that's me being optimistic.
I'd be ECSTATIC if it was a sequel or prequel, but the words 'reboot', 'relaunch', and 'remake' should never be attached to The Matrix. Keanu just finished saying last week that he'd be interested in a fourth if the Wachowskis returned, so Warner should just be throwing money at them right now to get a proper installment going.
 

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I'd be ECSTATIC if it was a sequel or prequel, but the words 'reboot', 'relaunch', and 'remake' should never be attached to The Matrix. Keanu just finished saying last week that he'd be interested in a fourth if the Wachowskis returned, so Warner should just be throwing money at them right now to get a proper installment going.
If it was a prequel. And MBJordan plays a young Morpheus... I could find that interesting. ...maybe.
But if this is a FULL on reboot. No thanks.

BUT, now they can use smart phones as a gimmick!
Please NO to the Smart Phone thing.
One of the best parts of the Matrix was having to find a landline or phone booth. That whole scene of Neo trying to get away and find a phone to use was suspenseful and fantastic. Being able to use a cell phone takes that all away.
 

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Reeves has said for a while that he'd be up for returning to The Matrix world... I remember him discussing it in an interview years ago, same with the Wachowski's. Warner Bros are going down hill fast if you ask me... they're completely mucking up the DC universe (mostly Batman) and now this?!
 

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There are some franchises you just don't need to reboot.

Case Study 1: The Matrix Trilogy

Joker's Comment: LEAVE IT ALONE!
 

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I'd be ECSTATIC if it was a sequel or prequel, but the words 'reboot', 'relaunch', and 'remake' should never be attached to The Matrix. Keanu just finished saying last week that he'd be interested in a fourth if the Wachowskis returned, so Warner should just be throwing money at them right now to get a proper installment going.
Reeves has said for a while that he'd be up for returning to The Matrix world... I remember him discussing it in an interview years ago, same with the Wachowski's. Warner Bros are going down hill fast if you ask me... they're completely mucking up the DC universe (mostly Batman) and now this?!
May be they dont want Reeves or Wachowskis because they'd have to throw a lot of money in. With new cast, they're probably hoping to spend as little amount as possible and cash-in on the hype and the 'Matrix' name alone. Many will flock to the theaters for the name alone; even just out of curiosity.

What they did with DC is definitely arguable, but i do like what they did with Supes. I will give them that.
 

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A continuation of the story with the old cast would interest me, but a reboot? NO THANKS! :vomit:
could not agree more, studios think hmm we own this how can me make money?
i know lets reboot it aka spiderman as one poor example.
i don't bother with reboots period.
they should just make the 4th film and throw some money at it they just might surprise themselves at how well it could do but unfouranately they just don't think, its all over a starbucks and 30 seconds later exec has made decision :rolleyes:

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May be they dont want Reeves or Wachowskis because they'd have to throw a lot of money in. With new cast, they're probably hoping to spend as little amount as possible and cash-in on the hype and the 'Matrix' name alone. Many will flock to the theaters for the name alone; even just out of curiosity.

What they did with DC is definitely arguable, but i do like what they did with Supes. I will give them that.
Don't get me wrong, I love both MoS & BvS and also can't wait for Justice League... I just feel like they're rushing everything though and missing out on so many other cool possibilities with the characters. One thing they could learn from Marvel is to take their time and introduce each character with a solo movie first... but maybe it's just me that would prefer it that way.

could not agree more, studios think hmm we own this how can me make money?
i know lets reboot it aka spiderman as one poor example.
i don't bother with reboots period.
they should just make the 4th film and throw some money at it they just might surprise themselves at how well it could do but unfouranately they just don't think, its all over a starbucks and 30 seconds later exec has made decision :rolleyes:

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Exactly! A new movie with the old cast would rake in cash... I mean, look at the previous sequels. Keanu is back on form now too and becoming very popular again with new and old fans, so that's another reason why continuing where they left off would be a better idea IMO.
 

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No no no no no no no no and no


Literally just seen all this nonsense


The Matrix is my all time favourite film and I do not want to see a remake or reboot etc

I would be open to a 4th film as a sequel but only if the originals are attached. A matrix film without Keanu and Larry is not a matrix film. But It would have to be much better than the 3rd (I don't mind the 2nd)
 

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Some good news:

Zak Penn, the screenwriter reported to be in negotiations to pen the treatment for the so-called reboot, has spoken up on Twitter, and while he obviously can’t say much, he does seem to strike down the notion that this Matrix movie is a genuine reboot:


the studio was looking to how Marvel and Lucasfilm were building out their franchises for inspiration. And just as Marvel Studios established the “interconnected universe” model, it appears that Lucasfilm’s trend of telling new stories about characters we already know in films like Rogue One and the upcoming Han Solo movie could be a new model of its own.

This also further explains why Michael B. Jordan is an early contender to lead this new Matrix movie. It’s possible he’s actually being eyed to play young Morpheus in a film set within the Matrix universe that the Wachowski siblings established.