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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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Yeah none of them were that great in F4 (and I really like miles teller) and I haven't seen creed yet (I hear good things) but I really like him in chronicle. Have you seen that?
No i havent seen chronicle yet. is it a good movie?
 

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No i havent seen chronicle yet. is it a good movie?
I recommend it, I think it's great

A superhero found footage film done well

First time I ever see MBJ and Dane Dehaan too and both are very good
 

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I was going to mention him in my last post but then I looked him up again and didn't think he had the larry look BUT he actually does in that pic a bit

His voice isn't very Morpheus though.


Ah man I need to see get out, was supposed to on Sunday but didn't in the end
I think they're going to struggle to find anyone who looks exactly like a younger Fishburne... MBJ probably being the furthest from any likeness to him if you ask me. I couldn't really recall what Kaluuya sounded like to be honest, so I just rewatched the Get Out trailer and he puts on a rather convincing American Accent IMO (better than Boyega at least).

Well, be sure to let me know what you think of Get Out if/when you do get around to seeing it! I'm often pretty dubious when it comes to those types of horror/thrillers nowadays, as everyone raves about them, then when I finally check them out I find them to be rubbish... The Visit and Hush being ones I can think of off the top of my head.
 

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I recommend it, I think it's great

A superhero found footage film done well

First time I ever see MBJ and Dane Dehaan too and both are very good
Totally agree... a pretty cool twist on the superhero genre and one of my favourite films from that year!

Definitely check it out @AlienKing. :thumbs:
 

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I think they're going to struggle to find anyone who looks exactly like a younger Fishburne... MBJ probably being the furthest from any likeness to him if you ask me. I couldn't really recall what Kaluuya sounded like to be honest, so I just rewatched the Get Out trailer and he puts on a rather convincing American Accent IMO (better than Boyega at least).

Well, be sure to let me know what you think of Get Out if/when you do get around to seeing it! I'm often pretty dubious when it comes to those types of horror/thrillers nowadays, as everyone raves about them, then when I finally check them out I find them to be rubbish... The Visit and Hush being ones I can think of off the top of my head.
I didn't even know he was English!

Get out looks different league plus it's a psychological thriller horror comedy so that ticks all the boxes, reviews from critics and the norms have been excellent too and the trailer had me a day 1! Looks like a messed up film and hopefully impresses me like green room or don't breathe for example but I think it will be better than those combined

Haven't seen or heard of hush but I didn't mind the visit. Could of been better but still Very different to M night S previous work (but I do have a soft spot for found footage and that kinda paid off for me) Infact I wasn't even aware it was him when I was watching it, same as split.

Yeah it is going to be hard to get a true likeness for larry, he's one of a kind
 

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I didn't even know he was English!

Get out looks different league plus it's a psychological thriller horror comedy so that ticks all the boxes, reviews from critics and the norms have been excellent too and the trailer had me a day 1! Looks like a messed up film and hopefully impresses me like green room or don't breathe for example but I think it will be better than those combined

Haven't seen or heard of hush but I didn't mind the visit. Could of been better but still Very different to M night S previous work (but I do have a soft spot for found footage and that kinda paid off for me) Infact I wasn't even aware it was him when I was watching it, same as split.

Yeah it is going to be hard to get a true likeness for larry, he's one of a kind
Neither did I until Samuel L Jackson was in the news recently about a comment he made towards English black actors.

That's exactly what I mean though mate... reviews for Get Out are generally very good, which makes me think I'll probably dislike it, because that's usually the case for me when it comes to horrors/thrillers for some reason. Green Room is another one... I can't understand its popularity at all, as there's really nothing special nor different about it. Still need to check out Don't Breathe though!

Well, you should definitely give Hush a watch since most seem to like it and I have a feeling you will too. I think the main reason I was so disappointed with The Visit is because people kept comparing it to Shyamalan's previous successes and saying he's back on form, which wasn't the case IMO. Saying that, I am looking forward to seeing Split! :D

P.S. I've never seen anyone refer to Lawrence Fishburne as "Larry" until now. :p
 

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Neither did I until Samuel L Jackson was in the news recently about a comment he made towards English black actors.

That's exactly what I mean though mate... reviews for Get Out are generally very good, which makes me think I'll probably dislike it, because that's usually the case for me when it comes to horrors/thrillers for some reason. Green Room is another one... I can't understand its popularity at all, as there's really nothing special nor different about it. Still need to check out Don't Breathe though!

Well, you should definitely give Hush a watch since most seem to like it and I have a feeling you will too. I think the main reason I was so disappointed with The Visit is because people kept comparing it to Shyamalan's previous successes and saying he's back on form, which wasn't the case IMO. Saying that, I am looking forward to seeing Split! :D

P.S. I've never seen anyone refer to Lawrence Fishburne as "Larry" until now. :p
I haven't read that (what Sam L has said - I only found out about the London attack at 9pm last night! - thats how behind I am with watching news)

Green room isn't ahead of its time or a genius script but I think because of how basic it is but executed very well. Also the violence is awesome and sometimes I think it's that element that favours the reviews plus the whole underground Neo nazi weird sh*t in that instance just worked, decent cast too. I loved blue ruin and everytime the violence sucks me in like a Tarantino explosion. Same with cold in July (again all rounder - great acting, story, violence, music, mystery etc).
And the same with don't breathe, nothing special but it's the situation they put themselves in with a ninja blind man and that element is scary (especially after you see what he can do) plus the situation keeps getting more messed up with one thing after another (it's like gravity but in a old house lol)


You probably won't like don't breathe if your not into everything we have said but I still reccomend it, you never know. I loved it and it's so Grimm too

I just watched the hush trailer, looks ok. I'll check it out.

Nah m night isn't "back" on form but I like this new direction. Thing is with m night is he made 4 great films in a row IMO and then 4 awful ones. Came back with the visit and split with a slight reinvention of his style and it seems to be working

I watched split last night, really enjoyed it and McAvoy as usual is a beast!!!
but not sure about its ending


Haha he will always be Larry to me (or furious - boyz n the hood)
 
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I haven't read that (what Sam L has said - I only found out about the London attack at 9pm last night! - thats how behind I am with watching news)

Green room isn't ahead of its time or a genius script but I think because of how basic it is but executed very well. Also the violence is awesome and sometimes I think it's that element that favours the reviews plus the whole underground Neo nazi weird sh*t in that instance just worked, decent cast too. I loved blue ruin and everytime the violence sucks me in like a Tarantino explosion. Same with cold in July (again all rounder - great acting, story, violence, music, mystery etc).
And the same with don't breathe, nothing special but it's the situation they put themselves in with a ninja blind man and that element is scary (especially after you see what he can do) plus the situation keeps getting more messed up with one thing after another (it's like gravity but in a old house lol)


You probably won't like don't breathe if your not into everything we have said but I still reccomend it, you never know. I loved it and it's so Grimm too

I just watched the hush trailer, looks ok. I'll check it out.

Nah m night isn't "back" on form but I like this new direction. Thing is with m night is he made 4 great films in a row IMO and then 4 awful ones. Came back with the visit and split with a slight reinvention of his style and it seems to be working

I watched split last night, really enjoyed it and McAvoy as usual is a beast!!!
but not sure about its ending


Haha he will always be Larry to me (or furious - boyz n the hood)
See, I didn't even find Green Room that violent... not compared to most films nowadays anyway. I did enjoy Blue Ruin and Cold in July... still not as much as most seem to though. I'll definitely check out Don't Breathe at some point, since the plot actually sounds interesting to me.

I look forward to hearing what you think about Hush. I can't for the life of me figure out why people liked it so much... it's not really anything we haven't already seen before, and it's one of those films where the victim makes idiotic decisions so you just end siding with the villain because you want them to die lol.

I completely agree with you there... he did four amazing movies in a row where the twists genuinely shocked me. I understand it's impossible to keep coming up with original ideas, but it felt like he wasn't even trying after that. Despite me not really liking The Visit, I commend him for trying to bring back the shock factor he once had.

Can't wait to see Split, because the trailer alone had me hooked! Hopefully I'm able to continue avoiding spoilers until its home release. :ohno:

Ohhh didn't realise you were calling him by his Boyz n the Hood character name... I just thought you were shortening Laurence to Larry. :LOL:
 

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See, I didn't even find Green Room that violent... not compared to most films nowadays anyway. I did enjoy Blue Ruin and Cold in July... still not as much as most seem to though. I'll definitely check out Don't Breathe at some point, since the plot actually sounds interesting to me.

I look forward to hearing what you think about Hush. I can't for the life of me figure out why people liked it so much... it's not really anything we haven't already seen before, and it's one of those films where the victim makes idiotic decisions so you just end siding with the villain because you want them to die lol.

I completely agree with you there... he did four amazing movies in a row where the twists genuinely shocked me. I understand it's impossible to keep coming up with original ideas, but it felt like he wasn't even trying after that. Despite me not really liking The Visit, I commend him for trying to bring back the shock factor he once had.

Can't wait to see Split, because the trailer alone had me hooked! Hopefully I'm able to continue avoiding spoilers until its home release. :ohno:

Ohhh didn't realise you were calling him by his Boyz n the Hood character name... I just thought you were shortening Laurence to Larry. :LOL:
I just watched hush lol

Thought it was great, didn't realise it was that ghallager from 10cl

Really enjoyed it. Very violent too. What stupid decisions? He was more stupid wanting to play with her and not being able to smash a small upstairs thin window. She did well considering

I don't think you will like don't breathe. It's essentially hush but with a guy who's blind. Obviously different story and reasoning etc but equally as good IMO

I know it's not anything we haven't seen before but those kind of films tend to shy away from violence nowadays and nothing really happens whereas I thought quite a lot happened in that and some scenes that were uneasy to watch, shocked me a little like her cramped hand. That's what horror fans want I suppose and that delivered with decent acting and characters

Let me know when you see split and don't breathe. Wana hear what you think.
My guess is you'll like split but also bits will annoy you.
And I really don't know with don't breathe tbh, could go either way with you lol
I think I prefer don't breathe to hush though, preferred the way it was filmed too

No he's called furious in boyz n the hood. That's when he used to go by Larry fishburne

All his early films are credited "Larry fishburne"
 

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I just watched hush lol

Thought it was great, didn't realise it was that ghallager from 10cl

Really enjoyed it. Very violent too. What stupid decisions? He was more stupid wanting to play with her and not being able to smash a small upstairs thin window. She did well considering

I don't think you will like don't breathe. It's essentially hush but with a guy who's blind. Obviously different story and reasoning etc but equally as good IMO

I know it's not anything we haven't seen before but those kind of films tend to shy away from violence nowadays and nothing really happens whereas I thought quite a lot happened in that and some scenes that were uneasy to watch, shocked me a little like her cramped hand. That's what horror fans want I suppose and that delivered with decent acting and characters

Let me know when you see split and don't breathe. Wana hear what you think.
My guess is you'll like split but also bits will annoy you.
And I really don't know with don't breathe tbh, could go either way with you lol
I think I prefer don't breathe to hush though, preferred the way it was filmed too

No he's called furious in boyz n the hood. That's when he used to go by Larry fishburne

All his early films are credited "Larry fishburne"
To be honest, I can't remember too much about it... I just remember being annoyed by some of the decisions that were made, and now that you mention it I think he was just as much an idiot as her. Glad you managed to find it enjoyable though mate. :thumbs:

Hmm maybe not then, but I'll still give it a shot... better to watch it and know for sure than to avoid it and risk the chance of missing out on something I may actually like. You're probably right though! :p

I literally just got done watching Split, but we've gone way off topic in here, so I'll post my thoughts in the Split thread and tag you. ;)

Ah, my bad... didn't know that about him! I guess Laurence wasn't "hip" for a black guy back in those days lol.
 

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There’s a fourth Matrix movie on the way and, contrary to previous reports, the Wachowskis will be involved. That’s according to John Wick 3 director Chad Stahelski, who worked on the original trilogy.

“I’m super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a Matrix, but they’re expanding what we all loved,” Stahelski told Yahoo Movies UK. “And if it’s anywhere near the level of what they’ve already done, it wouldn’t take more than a call to go, ‘Hey, we want you to be a stunt guy’ and I would probably go and get hit by a car.”

Surprised, we followed up by asking if the Wachowskis were directing the new film. “I’m not sure of the overall,” Stahelski replied. “I’m not sure if Lana is.”

But they’re involved? “Yeah. And if they wanted help, I would absolutely put down whatever I was doing to help them.”

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Personally I don't think a continuation is necessary... Neo's story ended as far as I'm concerned. A prequel (following Morpheus) on the other hand... count me in! :D
 

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I don’t think they need to add any more films to this franchise. The first one was great but the other 2 paled in comparison. Who knows how this could turn out.
 

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Some of the Animatrix stories were fantastic so if they built on one of the better ones of those i’d Be game for a full movie
 

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Reeves did mention that if the Wachowski's were involved he would come back, so if they decide to have Neo appear, at least he is game.
 

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I don’t think they need to add any more films to this franchise. The first one was great but the other 2 paled in comparison. Who knows how this could turn out.
I think no matter how great the movie turn out, it will not live up to any of our expectations. As for the this generation of people watching, i dont think there's any movie that would "wow" them in this day and age like Matrix did back in '99.
Some of the Animatrix stories were fantastic so if they built on one of the better ones of those i’d Be game for a full movie
This.
Instead of trying to create another 'universe' or franchise, they should do stories from within the Matrix world. They needn't be sequels or prequels. Just good stories. One could only hope, right?
 

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Some of the Animatrix stories were fantastic so if they built on one of the better ones of those i’d Be game for a full movie
This.
Instead of trying to create another 'universe' or franchise, they should do stories from within the Matrix world. They needn't be sequels or prequels. Just good stories. One could only hope, right?
That would actually be a lot more exciting/interesting!
 

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Thing is they have fantastic groundwork in MOST animatrix shorts, they just need to build and elaborate on those.
I would love to see the story of how the machine turned on man, culminating wih a bing 3rd act War, on the big screen.

Then again, there was a bit of a gap between the first and second movie so maybe it would be set between with a spin off styles adventure....only way I can see Neo coming back.
Unless they do some force ghost/A.I. From beyond the grave style bullshit