According To John Wick Director, The Matrix Is Getting A New Movie
We’re not one to pen a sentence that makes readers immediately gravitate towards a mirror to re-assess their facial lines, but on this occasion it has to be said: The Matrix is 20 years old.
Ah yes, we feel the gravity of age descending on us too.
Released in 1999, many a Hollywood blockbuster and commercial hit has followed the Wachowski creation, but few have eclipsed its star power – or staying power. Certainly, to watch The Matrix today is to see just how poignant its themes are. The effects are ones that still cause audiences to marvel, while the plot line in which conspiracy theories flourish and individuals are defining for themselves what is and isn’t real, continues to resonate today.
It makes sense then that when news of a potential reboot circulated, fans were quick to vocalise their excitement.
The rumours first emerged back in March of 2017 after The Hollywood Reporter suggested that a Matrix reboot was on the table at Warners Bros. Their sources claimed that Michael B. Jordan was being eyed to stay in the film, with Avengers screenwriter Zak Penn working on the script.
Penn wrote on Twitter, “Yes, I’m writing something,” but went on to add, “Not a reboot, not a continuation, watch Animatrix, read comics to see what Wachowskis did…A script in development is not a movie…No casting director, style can be discussed yet. Nothing to see here folks…yet.”
But one thing that left many reeling was the news that the Wachowskis – the creative team behind the franchise – had nothing to do with the new production which, let’s face it, is like the original Harry Potter series without Daniel Radcliffe, or Home Alone without Macaulay Culkin – outrageous.
But to add fuel to the fire that is fan anticipation, Keanu Reeves’ director in the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 3, Chad Stahelski, let slip in a recent interview that the Matrix reboot is indeed happening and that The Wachowskis are on board.
Stahelski went on to say, “I’m super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a Matrix, but they’re expanding what we all loved, and 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.”
Stahelski did go on to tell Yahoo! that he’s not sure if Lana Wachowski will be on the project as director after the two hinted at retirement earlier by putting their studios on the market back in October 2018.
While many were quick to take this as confirmation of a reboot with the Wachowskis on board, it’s important to note that this is all speculation as no official statement from the Wachowskis has been made. However, while news of reboots and relaunches continue to percolate, Stahelski’s representatives have walked back his comments, issuing a statement that denies knowledge of the Wachowskis involvement with such a project.
The statement issued read: “[Stahelski’s] comments were in response to a hypothetical scenario where the Wachowskis would be involved and he did not confirm them being attached to the new film.”
So, while fans continue to clamour for the Wachowskis involvement, it seems The Matrix reboot may be a little while off. In the mean time, Keanu Reeves can be seen kicking ass in John Wick: 3 out later this week which, for the moment, will have to do.