Keanu Reeves will return as Neo in a fourth film in ‘The Matrix’ franchise alongside Carrie-Anne Moss in a new movie happening at Warner Bros…
Mr. Anderson — you’re being called back to ‘The Matrix’.
16 years after ‘The Matrix Revolutions’ opened in theaters, a fourth film in ‘The Matrix’ franchise is officially happening with Keanu Reeves set to return to his iconic role as Neo alongside Carrie-Anne Moss, who starred with him in the original ‘Matrix’ trilogy.
Lana Wachowski, who was a co-creator on the original ‘Matrix’ movies is returning to write and direct the fourth film in the franchise.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “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.”
The fourth film in ‘The Matrix’ franchise will be written by Wachowski, Aleksandar Hemon, and David Mitchell.
“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now,” Wachowski said. “I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”
‘The Matrix’ franchise first launched in 1999 with two more sequels — ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and ‘The Matrix Revolutions’ — released in 2003. The films grossed over $1.6 billion at the box office.
In recent years rumors swirled that ‘The Matrix’ was possibly going to be rebooted with a new cast and crew leading the film but now the franchise will continue with the same cast, writer and director as the original films.
One name noticeably absent from ‘The Matrix’ announcement was Laurence Fishburne, who portrayed rebel leader Morpheus in all three of the original films. As of now, Warner Bros. is reportedly looking to cast a young Morpheus for the upcoming fourth film in ‘The Matrix’ franchise, although nothing has been officially announced at this time.
There’s no word yet on when production would start on the fourth film in ‘The Matrix’ universe nor has a release date been announced.