Update: Zak Penn has since responded on Twitter, claiming that it won’t be a remake or a reboot.
The Matrix came out of nowhere back in 1999, a surprisingly smart sci-fi blockbuster that went on to influence almost every action movie that has come since, for better or worse. The trilogy ultimately made $1.6 billion worldwide, and in this age of shared universes and never ending franchises, that makes it a potentially valuable property. A few years ago we heard rumours about a brand new trilogy being in development but nothing seemed to come of it. Now this week we’re hearing that a Matrix reboot is indeed inching forward at Warner Brothers and this time the Wachowskis probably won’t be involved. Hit the jump for more details.
According to THR, Warner Brothers is in the early stages of developing a relaunch of The Matrix with Zak Penn in talks to write a treatment. Penn wrote screenplays for several comic book movies including X-Men: The Last Stand and The Incredible Hulk but most recently he worked on Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which may explain the studio’s sudden interest in this project. That movie also takes place in a virtual world, and if it is a huge hit, it could be all the momentum they need to stage a Matrix comeback.
They are also claiming that there is “potential interest” in having Michael B. Jordan star in the new movie, but it’s probably still way too early for that to mean anything. Keanu Reeves was recently asked about returning to The Matrix series and he seemed open to it, but he said the Wachowskis would have to be writing and directing for that to happen. In this case, they are not currently involved and neither is original producer Joel Silver. Still, the studio is said to be taking cues from Disney’s Star Wars revamp, so we could see some prequels and origin stories as well as a more straightforward sequel. Do you think the world is ready for a Matrix reboot or has this franchise’s time already passed?