The Matrix 4 Is Happening And Michael B. Jordan And Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Are Likely To Star
Rumours about a Matrix reboot have prevailed for years now. While the reboot seems to be our way of honouring the most iconic films of yester-year, for most fans the idea of seeing Neo reimagined was enough to have them taking to various social media platforms and shouting their outrage into the vacuum of online aggression.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported that Warner Bros. was in the early stages of developing a new version of the 1999 cyberpunk classic with a potential interest in Michael B. Jordan to star. Their sources claimed that the Wachowski siblings, who wrote and directed the original and its two sequels, weren’t involved in the reboot but that Avengers screenwriter Zak Penn was working on a script.
To add fuel to the fire, during a press run for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, director Chad Stahelski let slip that a Matrix reboot is in fact happening, and that the Wachowskis are on board.
Stahelski said, “I’m super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a Matrix, but they’re expanding what we all loved, 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.”
This was immediately followed by a statement issued from Stahelski’s representatives, denying knowledge of the Wachowskis’ involvement with such a project.
It all made for a very confusing time, one that saw fans unsure of whether they should be elated or fuming.
The latest reports from Discussing Film suggest that production is set to begin early 2020 in Chicago with the returning directors. Zak Penn will write the screenplay and Michael B. Jordan will star. Deadline have also reported that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II who played Black Manta in Aquaman will be joining the cast with a leading role. It's been rumoured that Mateen will play a young Morpheus, who was originally portrayed by Laurence Fishburne in the previous films.
Warner Bros., who will produce the film, have currently filed it under the production name of “Project Ice Cream.”
Production Designer Hugh Bateup (‘The Shallows’, ‘The Matrix’) has joined the crew of The Wachowski’s new ‘MATRIX’ film. (EXCLUSIVE) https://t.co/QEjX1jOCQ0 pic.twitter.com/D5O9O18GTm— DiscussingFilm(@DiscussingFilm) 22 June 2019
When he was asked if he was writing a reboot, Penn posted on Twitter, “Yes, I’m writing something,” before clarifying, “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.”
By all accounts, it looks like a reboot is well on its way. And while most would have preferred the original to merely exist on its own, we can only hope now that the reboot lives up to and exceeds all expectations – and believe us, they’re high. Stay tuned for how the story develops.