Warner Bros. Pictures is officially moving forward with The Matrix 4, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss starring and Lana Wachowski directing. There’ve been rumors of a fourth Matrix film happening for years now, ranging from a continuation of the original trilogy to a partial reboot starring Michael B. Jordan. However, nothing’s actually come to fruition so far.
In the meantime, Neo himself, Reeves, has enjoyed something of a career renaissance thanks to his role as John Wick and appearances in films ranging from Toy Story 4 (where he voices the 1970s Canadian stuntman toy Duke Caboom) to the rom-com Always Be My Maybe (where he played a comically fictionalized version of himself). And while the actor is currently reprising his role as Theodore “Ted” Logan in the long-awaited Bill & Ted Face the Music, it turns out he’s made plans to revisit another one of his iconic roles in the near future.
As reported by Variety, WB and Village Roadshow Pictures have confirmed plans to make The Matrix 4, with Reeves and Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity. Wachowski, who directed the original Matrix trilogy with her sibling Lilly, is directing the movie from a script she co-wrote with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell, with production slated to begin in 2020. Here’s her official statement about the news:
“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’s not clear just yet what The Matrix 4 is actually going to be about, nor if Laurence Fishburne is also coming back as Morpheus. Variety’s sources are hearing Morpheus may be recast for a younger version of the character, but it’s yet to be confirmed either way. Unsurprisingly, though, the outlet reports Reeves’ recent gains in popularity at the box office spurred WB into action and convinced them to bring at least some of the main actors and creatives from the original Matrix trilogy back for the next installment, as opposed to moving forward with one of the separate Matrix projects it’s been developing over the past few years.
With Reeves, Moss, and Wachowski onboard, The Matrix 4 sounds pretty exciting on paper alone. Wachowski and her sibling have continued to tackle ambitious project after project since their days playing in the Matrix sandbox, and one can only imagine what she’s come up with, thematically and visually, for this new movie, thanks to the changes in the technological landscape and improvements in VFX since The Matrix Revolutions hit theaters in 2003. And of course, for those who found Neo and/or Trinity’s deaths in Revolutions to be unsatisfying, The Matrix 4 offers Wachowski the chance to give them a much-better sendoff (or maybe even a fresh new beginning).