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‘The Matrix’ Reboot: Warner Bros. ‘In Early Stages’ of New Take on Iconic Franchise

The studio will take the red pill on a "Matrix" return.

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Warner Bros. is plugging back into “The Matrix.” The studio is in early stages of development for a reboot of the iconic 1999 sci-fi thriller, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“The Avengers” scribe Zak Penn is in talks to write the treatment, with murmurings of Michael B. Jordan to potentially star. The Wachowski sisters, who wrote and directed the first film as well as its two sequels, are not on board as of now. Joel Silver, who produced the original trilogy, is reported to have approached the studio with the idea of mining the film for a new project, but is not confirmed either. Apparently, Silver and the Wachowskis have a tense relationship, and the studio would likely have to choose one or the other.

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“The Matrix” was written and directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski, and starred Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Ann Moss. It depicts a dystopian future where humans are living in a simulated reality while their bodies are mined by sentient machines for energy. Reeves plays computer programmer Neo who unplugs from the matrix and wages war against the machines. “The Matrix” was a critical and box office success, grossing $460 million worldwide and winning four Academy Awards.

Warner Bros. was reportedly inspired by the success of Disney and Lucasfilm’s world-building reboots of the “Star Wars” franchise like “Rogue One” and the forthcoming young Han Solo, still in production. At this point, no one can be told what the reboot is. We’ll have to see it for ourselves.

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Comments

FITLBOX

Warners is becoming as bad as Sony.

Jesse Pinkman

Fuck this bullshit yo! The Matrix has business being rebooted. Come up with new ideas and stop rehashing old ones!

Flip McTwist

Who ever said there wasn’t enough female directors? ;-)

Lassie B

I suppose it will make some money for someone, but Keanu Reeves is IMO the reason the original Matrix was a cult classic. If it had starred any joe blow, it would have come and gone like any other action sci-fi thing.

Tobias Widéen

First of all, the picture at the top of the article is not from the original. I’ts from The sequel. Second. This must be the dumbest Idea of all time. Talk about shitting on a real classic

Lex

Saw that coming. You look at the first Matrix and how effective it was. It looked grounded and then you see the sequel with fully computerized people flying through the air, it gave you a good example of how effects had changed. The helicopter scene was great, but you do that today it’s all computers and would look fake as hell. Yeah, I knew they were going to do this. They don’t take chances and don’t have any new ideas.

Mec

Just continue the damn story. Rebooting it is beyond retarded. Just because people were underwhelmed by the sequels doesnt mean the storyline doesnt deserve further exploration. The architect could easily break the deal for some reason, resulting in a whole new search for the one. All you need is morpheous for that. Rest could be whole new cast.

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