It’s actually quite surprising that it’s taken so long for Warner Bros. to do this, but it seems as if the studio is finally ready to revisit one of their most successful franchises of all-time: The Matrix.
Deadline reports that they’re in the “exploratory phase” of possibly putting together another film, trying to see if there’s still “more life” left in the series. No word on if any of the original cast would return, but The Hollywood Reporter claims that Michael B. Jordan is being eyed to star if this thing gets off the ground. They also mention that at this point, the Wachowskis don’t seem to be involved.
Right now, the plan is for Zak Penn to write a treatment as Warner Bros. puts together a writer’s room (the new trend in Hollywood these days) in hopes of figuring out “the best possible way to relaunch the franchise.” It makes perfect sense that they’re doing this, too, given that the trilogy grossed $1.8 billion worldwide and the first film is widely considered to be one of the greatest action movies of all-time, not to mention also one of the most influential. It was a complete game changer and still holds up to this day.
Despite the fact that the third instalment was by far the worst, ending off the franchise on a sour note, there’s definitely still more that the studio can do with The Matrix and we’ve no doubt that audiences would be more than welcome to a revival with the right team in place to bring it to life. Of course, it’d be easy for Warner Bros. to just go for a shameless cash-in here, but we’ve got a feeling that if they really are going to do this, they’re going to do it right. At least, we sure hope that’s the case.
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