The Matrix films are legendary in a lot of ways. In some, they are praised for their revolutionary visual effects and mind-bending storytelling. While the first film is still considered the best one, even the sequels have earned some affection from audiences in the following years. And while the 2003 conclusion The Matrix Revolutions seemed to put the story to rest for Neo, the philosophized savior who freed mankind from the grasps of the machines in a horrific dystopian future…apparently his story is not over year.
In shocking news, after what amounted to mostly rumors, a Matrix 4 has been announced and, even more shocking will feature Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss returning as their popular characters Neo and Trinity (Who both died in some way in The Matrix Revolutions).
In addition, Lana Wachowski, who co-wrote and co-directed the original trilogy back with her sister Lilly Wachowski (At the time, they were Laurence and Andrew Paul Wachowski before both got gender re-assignment surgery), will come on to solely direct the new installment. This time, she will also co-write the script with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement on Tuesday, saying in a statement:
We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana. 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.
Meanwhile, the sole Wachowski had this to say on her return to the franchise that launched hers and her sisters career:
Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.
It is genuinely curious what this film might be about, but then again…oh…you know the old “bending the spoon” reference. We’ll just have to wait and see. Stay tuned!