Warner Bros. is hoping audiences will be able to free their minds to the idea of watching more Matrix movies, as the studio is reportedly in the early stages of developing a relaunch of The Matrix, the modern sci-fi classic released in 1999 starring Keanu Reeves . Zak Penn (X-Men 2, The Avengers) is in talks to write a treatment.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, with sources telling them that there is interest in Michael B. Jordan (Creed) to star. It’s also noted that at this stage in development, the Wachowski sisters, who wrote and directed the original Matrix trilogy, are not involved and it’s unclear if they will have any involvement with the project as it moves along.
While promoting John Wick: Chapter 2 recently, Reeves said that he would be open to returning for another Matrix installment if the Wachowskis were involved. “They would have to write it and direct it,” he told Yahoo Movies. “And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’s be weird, but why not?” It’s unclear if Warner is interested in having Reeves or any of his original co-stars return, but THR notes that it’s likely the studio will look elsewhere for an A-list director and star.
Reportedly, there was an idea for a Matrix television series prior to the reboot development, but it was ultimately nixed after Warner looked to what Disney and Lucasfilm have been doing with Star Wars. The studio is said to be looking to adopt a similar model, with movies that explore more of the Matrix universe (in other words, don’t be surprised if we start hearing about a young Morpheus movie in the coming years).
Source: The Hollywood Reporter