Should have known this was coming. With Bladerunner getting a sequel, Beauty and the Beast being updated for live-action drama, and even more new Gilmore Girls episodes possibly on the horizon, it was a matter of time before they came for The Matrix. Now, it looks like Warner Bros. is about to reboot the groundbreaking franchise.
Joel Silver is the man who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, first approached the studio about a potential new film. However, the man who produced the original films, reportedly sold his interest in the franchise in 2012 for about $30 million. So, I think it’s safe to say he wouldn’t be involved. Neither are Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski, the filmmakers behind the OG trilogy, and that’s a great indication that I will not be seeing this.
The 1999 film centered on the idea that people were living in a computer-simulated reality while being harvested by robots. Programmer Neo (Keanu Reeves) slowly becomes aware of this and is said to be “The One” who can save humanity. Two not as well received sequels followed but the films have made their mark for their never-before-seen special effects including that iconic moment when Reeves dodges bullets in slow motion. Now that slow-mo effect is everywhere. While the films provided one of his most memorable roles, don’t expect Reeves to be attached to the reboot.
When asked if he’d like to be a part of the new films, he told Yahoo Movies, “They 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?” If the reports are true, the studio is looking at Michael B. Jordan to take over for him. As interesting as it would be to have him star, it’s still a hard pass for me.
What are your thoughts on this?
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