It’s time to return to the Matrix. After years of rumours and meetings in Hollywood production offices, it’s official – the fourth installment of The Matrix has been confirmed, and franchise stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity.
Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich confirmed the news on Tuesday and credited the agreement to revisit the beloved sci-fi film series to the return of Reeves, Moss, and screenwriter Lana Wachowski, who wrote the first three Matrix films along with her sister Lilly. “We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.”
“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,” added Wachowski.
While we know that Reeves, Moss and Wachowski are back on board, there are still many questions left unanswered. Warner Bros. has yet to announce whether Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving will return to play Morpheus and Agent Smith. We also don’t know whether the machines freed humanity from the Matrix as promised. And then there’s that pesky issue of Neo dying at the end of the third film. Which colour pill gives us patience? We need that one.
According to Variety, filming is set to begin sometime near the beginning of 2020 and while the casting specifics beyond the two leads are hazy, one thing that we almost know for sure is that the recent reintroduction of Keanu Reeves was likely a huge push in getting the fourth Matrix film greenlit.
Reeves quickly became the internet’s boyfriend this year thanks to his starring roles in films that span just about every film genre, including John Wick 3 (action), Toy Story 4 (kids and family), and Always Be My Maybe (rom com lovers and rap enthusiast). Also, he’s the best. Reeves was a huge box office pull this year and is continuing his revival trend in 2020 with Bill & Ted Face The Music, which is set to be released next summer and act as a follow-up to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991). Excellent.
The first Matrix film was released 20 years ago in 1999, arguably the best year in movie history, and was followed up by The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions in 2003. The three films made a combined global box office revenue of $1.6 billion and while reboots aren’t always able to capture the magic of the originals, the returning trio of Reeves, Moss and Wachowski, who worked together on the first three films, gives us hope for (Matrix) mankind.