The Matrix is being rebooted

Tomas Mccoy
March 19, 2017

Details of the shape the project will take are now unconfirmed, but Michael B. Jordan has reportedly be earmarked to star, with Zak Penn in talks to pen a treatment.

Penn has done script work for a number of superhero movies and has provided story assistance for established writers who worked on "Avengers", "Elektra", and "X-Men: The Last Stand".

It's worth pointing out that as of this point, the Wachowski siblings (who wrote and directed the trilogy of films) are not involved. However, the studio is not so keen on having him on board because of his issues, which included budget control.

In addition, THR reports that Joel Silver, producer of the original, approached Warner Bros. about the idea of rebooting "The Matrix", although his involvement going forward appears to be tenuous.

Be sure to stay tuned to Paste, just in case Warner Bros. does start to get this reboot ball rolling faster than we expect. It even took home four Academy Awards, with critics and fans praising its groundbreaking special effects (we all remember the slow-motion "bullet time" effect). The first movie earned over $463 million worldwide.

The Matrix will be reloaded.

The Matrix was one of the most innovative and creative films to hit the silver screen back in 1999.

Keanu Reeves has stated he would be interested in returning to the role of Neo if the Wachowskis were involved in a new instalment.

Also starring Hugo Weaving, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss, The Matrix sees computer hacker Neo discover that life as he - and most other people - knows it is actually an elaborate facade created by a cyber-intelligent race.

Though they could, of course, get involved in some capacity in the future, they aren't now attached as directors for the new project. "And then we'd see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that'd be weird, but why not?" he told Yahoo Movies. One of the appeals of The Matrix to begin with was the way in which it appropriated counter- and alternative culture iconography and thinking, making it seem excitingly novel to a mainstream audience who were unfamiliar with such things.

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