THE MATRIX Relaunch In-Development By Warner Bros. UPDATE: Production In 2020?

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UPDATE: According to Discussing Films the Wachowski will return to direct the new Matrix film set to begin production in 2020. Michael B. Jordan is said to be headlining the movie along with producing with Warner Brothers under his Outlier Society Productions company.

Rumors are that they have been secretly prepping the film under the working title “Project Ice Cream”. Zak Penn will be writing the script with Hugh Bateup, who was an art director on 1999’s ‘The Matrix’ set to return to the franchise as the production designer for this film.

Stay tuned for confirmation.

UPDATE: Looks like the original franchise directors may be plugging back into The Matrix! Chad Stahelski (John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum) broke the news during an interview with Yahoo Movies stating:

“I’m super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a Matrix, but they’re expanding what we all loved. And if it’s anywhere near the level of what they’ve already done, it wouldn’t take more than a call to go, ‘Hey, we want you to be a stunt guy’ and I would probably go and get hit by a car.” He added that he was ‘unsure’ if the pair would direct the Matrix project, but “If they wanted help, I would absolutely put down whatever I was doing to help them.”

Stahelski was a stunt double for Keanu Reeves on all three Matrix films and also served as stunt co-ordinator on the sequels, not to mention his successful directing debut on the John Wick franchise, he definitely got the resume to helm the new Matrix project if they need the “help”.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Reports are coming out that the new ‘Matrix’ may be a PREQUEL focusing on a young ‘Morpheus’ (originally played by Laurence Fishburne).

Throughout the original trilogy, there were hints of Morpheus’ past that took place off screen including his early relationship with ‘Niobe’ (played by Jada Pinkett Smith) and his visit to ‘The Oracle’ who revealed to him that he would one day find “The One”. The potential prequel may explore this even deeper ala what ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ did with the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.

As reported a few days ago, MICHAEL B. JORDAN is highly considered for a role in the relaunch and it may just be for a young ‘Morpheus’.

SOURCE: BirthsMovieDeath

UPDATE: Writer ZAK PENN went to Twitter to clarify that the new ‘Matrix’ will NOT be a reboot.

There you have it. The relaunch of ‘The Matrix’ will be exploring more of that universe and not just rehashing the original.

SOURCE: Twitter

Inspired by classic Japanese Anime, classic John Woo shoot-em-ups, and Hong Kong martial arts cinema, the Wachowskis’ 1999 sci-fi classic THE MATRIX starring Keanu Reeves is set to be “relaunch” by Warner Bros. studios with ZAK PENN (X-Men) in early talks to write the script.

The original film catapulted Reeves into super stardom and spawned two highly successful (but critically panned) sequels, ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and ‘The Matrix Revolutions’. Not to mention it introduced western audiences to the beauty of master YUEN WOO PING’s fight choreography and the revolutionary “bullet-time” special effects.

Early reports are saying Warner Bros. is eyeing MICHAEL B. JORDAN (Creed) to star but it is not known weather or not the Wachowskis will be involved. It is also too early to tell if this will be a full-on reboot or an actual “relaunch’ to continue the story where Neo and the rest of the gang left off.

While promoting ‘John Wick: Chapter Two’, Keanu Reeves did express some interest to return as ‘Neo’ stating: “They (the Wachowskis) would have to write it and direct it. And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’d be weird, but why not?”

In my honest opinion, it would be wise to bring the original creators back along with Reeves especially now that the ‘John Wick’ films has recharged his action star status.

What do you guys think? Comment below and stay tuned for more details.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

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