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'The Matrix’ Reboot Taking Shape at Warner Bros. Without the Wachowskis

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Almost nothing is safe from being rebooted, and the latest news from Warner Bros. Pictures only confirms that.

The Matrix was a gamechanging sci-fi action movie for a number of reasons, from the introduction of slow-motion bullet time action sequences to an original mind-blowing narrative that audiences became obsessed with to the point that two back-to-back sequels were released four years later, six months apart from each other. Now, The Matrix is in the early stages of getting some kind of reboot, revival, relaunch or whatever you want to call it.

Find out more about The Matrix reboot after the jump.

The Hollywood Reporter has news of The Matrix reboot being in the very early stage of development, with X-Men: The Last Stand and Ready Player One director Zak Penn in talks to write the initial treatment for whatever this project will be. However, original franchise creators Lilly and Laura Wachowski (who went by Andy and Larry Wachowski at the time The Matrix was made) are not currently involved in the project, and any potential involvement has yet to be determined.

Though the Wachowskis aren’t yet being brought in to help develop the project yet, it sounds like Warner Bros. would like to leave the door open for them to be involved. Reportedly, franchise producer Joel Silver came to Warner Bros. with the idea of bringing back The Matrix, but the studio is hesitant to have him involved for both his penchant for creating problems with the film’s budget, not to mention having a tense relationship with the Wachowskis. They likely wouldn’t be as hesitant if they didn’t want the Wachowskis to come on board at some point.

Beyond that, there are rumblings of Warner Bros. being interested in Michael B. Jordan starring in the movie, but since the project is in such an early stage of development, anything can happen before it’s actually heading towards production.

What Kind of Project Are We Looking At?

Unlike some franchises that get the reboot treatment, The Matrix essentially has a built-in narrative device for getting rebooted. In the original film series, part of the plot revolves around the fact that there have been several versions of the Matrix, and the entire system gets rebooted once Neo (Keanu Reeves) serves his purpose as The One. Therefore, it would be easy to begin a whole new narrative with new characters set within the same universes.

There’s also always the chance that this could be one of those legacy-quels that brings back some of the characters from the original franchise and incorporates them with new characters. Those kind of follow-ups have been hit or miss, but it would give an opportunity for Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss to reprise their roles. Reeves has even expressed interest in coming back to The Matrix franchise should an opportunity present itself; he could easily have the Morpheus role for a new iteration of The One. But he also says that the Wachowskis would have to write and direct it, so that may not be in the cards.

Neither a remake nor a legacy-quel may be the approach Warner Bros. takes though. The report of The Matrix reboot also indicates that Warner Bros. see the chance to follow in the footsteps of Disney and Lucasfilm’s approach to the Star Wars universe. The trade mentions a movie about a young Morpheus as an example, but that’s not an idea confirmed to be in the works at Warner Bros.

Consider me cautiously optimistic to see what Zak Penn can come up with for The Matrix reboot. Though I will say his previous work doesn’t inspire much confidence, at this point, you just have to hope for the best as Hollywood digs through all the popular franchises of decades past and tries to create new fanbases for them.

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  • The Lonious MonkThe Lonious Monk Man with No Fucks Given Posts: 26,220 ✭✭✭✭✭
    fortyacres wrote: »
    you cant recreate that kind of magic unless they got some revolutionary new camera trick and i doubt it.

    Exactly, they couldn't even continue for the sequels really.
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    But when you die, tell me what the fuck you own.
    When your skin, flesh, and bones find a permanent home
    as food for worms or fossils trapped in stone. - Rza in "What's Going On?"

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  • StoneColdMikeyStoneColdMikey mikeyismod CHITOWN THE BEST TOWNPosts: 33,466 Regulator
    I don't see the wachowskis giving them a blessing to do it . So this probably won't hapoen
  • Max.Max. Posts: 32,899 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Good them fags woulda have neo being a faggot in the reboot
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  • Valentinez A. KaiserValentinez A. Kaiser Posts: 8,994 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Neo will be rebooted as a woman.
    Art imitating Life
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  • BroddieBroddie just me and my bitch NYCPosts: 11,586 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 16
    Don't do it without the Wachowskis. I mean the story by it's own nature lends itself to a reboot (7 incarnations of the Matrix and counting as of the trilogy) but without the Wachowskis it will be guaranteed shit. At least with them it could be interesting even if poorly executed like the sequels.

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  • lord nemesislord nemesis You ever dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight? Posts: 11,930 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • BroddieBroddie just me and my bitch NYCPosts: 11,586 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Only the first Matrix was good, the rest we could've done without

    Other than the matrix, what's else has the Wachowskis did that was hot? You can argue everything else they made was mediocre, so you what would you really need them for?

    I thought Speed Racer and Bound were pretty dope. Everything else...not so much but they know what to do with their matrix universe more than anyone else.

    Their animatrix collection proved that there is still a lot of world building you can pull off from this universe without just mining the original movie for goodies like Star Wars has been doing.

    R.I.P. Darwyn Cooke
  • manofmorehousemanofmorehouse Posts: 2,716 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I know some will say that reboots introduce classic movies to a new audience......but everybody got Kodi now. Have these new muthafuckas queue the original shit up smh
  • fortyacresfortyacres Posts: 4,432 Regulator
    Neo will be rebooted as a woman.
    Art imitating Life

    Michael B Jordan is who they are eyeing

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  • Built 4 cuban linxBuilt 4 cuban linx Only Christopher I acknowledge is Wallace At the 36th chamberPosts: 12,258 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I don't see the wachowskis giving them a blessing to do it . So this probably won't hapoen

    I think the studios own the rights to these movies so they can do it still with l without the wachowskis. Like how they continued to make terrible scary movies without the wayans
  • sapp08_2001sapp08_2001 #Sawse San DiegoPosts: 7,547 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Bad idea. Without Keanu and the Wachowski "sisters" i dont expect this to be good. Props to Michael B Jordan for gettin that doe tho
  • MR.CJMR.CJ Posts: 64,639 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • vagrant-718vagrant-718 Posts: 4,565 ✭✭✭✭✭
    fortyacres wrote: »
    Neo will be rebooted as a woman.
    Art imitating Life

    Michael B Jordan is who they are eyeing

    never thought he was a good actor but i guess he got that clueless Neo down
    Bad idea. Without Keanu and the Wachowski "sisters" i dont expect this to be good. Props to Michael B Jordan for gettin that doe tho

    Wachowski sisters worked on 2 and 3 which werent good so its not that high of a bar to reach
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  • sapp08_2001sapp08_2001 #Sawse San DiegoPosts: 7,547 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Just read a new report. Its going to be a spin off movie set in the same universe but not a remake as was reported. So this might work just fine
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  • kzzlkzzl Posts: 7,543 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Just read a new report. Its going to be a spin off movie set in the same universe but not a remake as was reported. So this might work just fine

    I was just finna say the lore more than makes it possible for a continuation. No need for a complete reboot.
  • freshb651freshb651 Posts: 8,230 ✭✭✭✭✭
    BOTH the Wachowskis are hoes now ?
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  • sapp08_2001sapp08_2001 #Sawse San DiegoPosts: 7,547 ✭✭✭✭✭
    freshb651 wrote: »
    BOTH the Wachowskis are hoes now ?

    Went from Wachowskis brothers to Wachowskis siblings to now Wachowskis sisters

    Yeah some shit i cant comprehend
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