Hollywood and pop culture in general has been heavily influenced by the Wachowskis’ 1999 science fiction action movie The Matrix, as evidenced by the many books that have been written about the film. There are elements within The Matrix that could potentially set up a whole franchise beyond just the two disappointing sequels that followed it, and judging by this week’s news, that might actually happen: as you may have heard or read Tuesday night (when social media sort of exploded), Warner Bros is now developing a return to The Matrix. Now, the terminology surrounding this project has been sort of confusing, with some calling it a “reboot,” but The Matrix movies themselves had their own “reboot” right within the story. So this could be a sequel, a prequel, a sidewaysquel, a remake, or all or none of them all at once. Whatever form it ultimately takes, what we do know is that the screenwriter Warner Bros has hired is Zak Penn, whose previous credits include two of the X-Men movies (X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand), as well as some work with Marvel Studios proper (The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk), and Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One. Warner Bros is also reportedly interested in recruiting Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fantastic Four) to star, but it’s unclear who he would play (some speculation has included the next “The One,” or maybe “young Morpheus”). There is no release date as of yet for this new Matrix movie, but March, 2019 will be the month of the film’s 20th anniversary.
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