It was officially confirmed today that a fourth film in the iconic Matrix series will be produced, with stars Keanu Reeves (‘Neo’) and Carrie-Anne Moss (‘Trinity’) reprising their roles and Lana Wachowski set to both write and direct the entry. With her sister Lilly, Lana Wachowski both wrote and directed the entire original Matrix trilogy. The fourth film will be produced and directed by Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. In addition to Wachowski, the script is written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell, and will be co-produced by Grant Hill. The film is set to begin production in early 2020.
Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich announced the new deal on Tuesday, Variety confirmed:
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana. Lana is a true visionary,” Emmerich stated, “a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.”
While the last installment of the original Matrix trilogy, The Matrix Revolutions, concluded in 2003, Keanu Reeves had reportedly hinted in 2011 at 4th and 5th installments. While Warner Bros. was reportedly interested throughout the entire process, rights issues held up development of the project. With Keanu’s recent and major-level successes, including a commercially and critically successful entry in the John Wick franchise, the studio saw renewed potential for the Wachowski-penned film.
The original trilogy netted over $1.6 billion in box office earnings alone, and the original Matrix film is widely considered to be among the most influential action films in the new millennium. Currently, no plot details have been released in the new entry and it is unclear how Laurence Fishburne’s character ‘Morpheus’ will be addressed, if at all. In a statement, Lana Wachowski reiterated the relevance of the series in our era:
“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”
Appropriately for the announcement, this year marks the 20h anniversary of the original Matrix film, and select screenings will be held at specific AMC locations on August 30th.