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According to an exclusive scoop from the Hollywood reporter 

 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/matrix-reboot-works-at-warner-bros-986292

 

TV show? movie?


 

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It’s still not clear what shape the project will take, but sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros. is in the early stages of developing a relaunch of The Matrix, the iconic 1999 sci-fi movie that is considered one of the most original films in cinematic history, with Zak Penn in talks to write a treatment.
 
Sources say there is potential interest in Michael B. Jordan to star, but much must be done before the project is ready to go. 

At this point, the Wachowski siblings, who wrote and directed the original and its two sequels, are not involved and the nature of their potential engagement with a new version has not been determined. Certainly, Warners would want the two filmmakers to give at minimum a blessing to the nascent project. The studio had no comment.

 

Joel Silver, who produced the original trilogy, is said to have approached Warners about the idea of mining The Matrix for a potential new film. However, Silver sold his interest in all his movies to the studio in 2012 for about $30 million, according to sources. Warners is said to be leery of including him in any meaningful role, as he not only has a reputation for budget-control issues, but apparently has a strained relationship with the Wachowskis. The siblings hold much more meaning for fans than the producer. Silver's reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

Written and directed by the Wachowskis, the original movie sees humanity living in a simulated reality, unaware that humans are in pods in which their bodies are being harvested for energy. A computer programmer named Neo (Keanu Reeves) slowly becomes aware of this suppressed existence, eventually becoming humanity’s one true hope (Neo = One) to overthrow the oppressors. The pic also starred Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving.

 

The Matrix was released in a quiet period of the 1999 release calendar — March 31 — and Warner Bros. didn’t have outsized expectations for an action movie with obvious Manga and comic-book influences. But the story and ground-breaking special effects (including the slow-motion "bullet time" effect, which launched dozens of imitators in the years that followed) became the highest grossing R-rated film of 1999 in North America, and the fourth-highest grossing film of the year worldwide. It also won four Academy Awards.

    
Two sequels, Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, were not as well received, but Reeves’ deal for those films made him one of the richest actors in Hollywood.

 

 

 

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While promoting John Wick: Chapter 2, Reeves said he would be open to returning for another installment of the franchise if the Wachowskis were involved. "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?” he told Yahoo Movies. However, it is likely that Warners will look elsewhere to attract an A-list director and star.

While some at Warners consider the title among the studio’s sacrosanct properties, such as Casablanca, others see a need to redevelop it in an environment where studios are desperately looking for ways to monetize their libraries and branded IP is hard to come by.

 

The idea of adapting The Matrix as a television series was nixed in recent months. But Warner Bros. sees a model in what Disney and Lucasfilm have done with Star Wars, exploring the hidden corners of the universe with movies such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story or the in-production young Han Solo film. Perhaps a young Morpheus movie could come out of the exploration, as an example.

Penn is a writer with deep roots in the geeky genres in which Matrix travels. He created the Syfy network’s super-powered show Alphas and has been involved in comic book movies ranging from the X-Men franchise to The Avengers.

 

 

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I always thought that the setting presented more and better possibilities than the sequels managed to put together. (The Animatrix actually did a decent job with the premise.)

 

This sounds like a good approach:

 

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The idea of adapting The Matrix as a television series was nixed in recent months. But Warner Bros. sees a model in what Disney and Lucasfilm have done with Star Wars, exploring the hidden corners of the universe with movies such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story or the in-production young Han Solo film. Perhaps a young Morpheus movie could come out of the exploration, as an example.

 

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Obligatory 'it's nearly twenty years old!'

 

I think the original holds up pretty well, Keanu aside. It's not any kind of sacred cow, but I'd rather see some attempt to expand the universe rather than a reboot. A soft reboot, perhaps. One of the simulation iterations before Neo.

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However, it is likely that Warners will look elsewhere to attract an A-list director and star.

That seems to suggest they don't care too much about getting Keanu back, but he's hot shit again now due to John Wick. I'd be amazed if they didn't chuck loads of money at getting him back in some capacity, even if it's just a glorified cameo.

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If the One has been the One seven times by the time of the last film (iirc) then surely it would have to be Keanu really?

 

They'd do better, as said, if they did animatrix type stories around the 'world' of the Matrix, could even end up making a bit more sense out of some of the nonsense that they introduced in the two sequels like the Keymaker, the Merovingian and the train guy.

 

It will end up being young Morpheus though won't it?

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2 hours ago, Mr Cochese said:

How is that a reboot? It was only something like five years after The-Bond-Film-We-Do-Not-Mention.

 

Still a reboot.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino_Royale_(2006_film)
 

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Casino Royale reboots the series, establishing a new timeline and narrative framework not meant to precede or succeed any previous Bond film,[3][4] which allows the film to show a less experienced and more vulnerable Bond.[5]

 

 

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The version of the Matrix we see in the three films is already the sixth or seventh iteration, so you could theoretically reboot or remake the film and still have it set in the same universe as the original films. Not that this means it's actually a good idea. Although you do get the occasional decent remake, like the James Franco Planet of the Apes thing, I have a feeling this will end up like the 2014 version of Robocop.

 

As an aside, it's weird how the two quoted news stories at the top of the page go out of their way to avoid referring to Lana and Lily Wachowski as sisters; they're always "siblings" or "the Wachowskis", whereas any male filmmaking siblings would always be referred to as brothers (like the Wachowski sisters themselves until they transitioned).

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There's an argument to reboot the second and third film but remaking the first one would probably be a waste of time as it is pretty decent.

 

That said, I'd echo the sentiment earlier that it would probably be better to make a film in the Matrix universe but without Neo, Morpheus, Old Mother Time and Colonel Sanders.

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Are you guys serious with this stuff? There's been enough of these nostalgia reboots that we know exactly what the formula will be - new lead, new story but very similar to the old, a few callbacks for fans of the original, done.

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I'm a huge fan of the Matrix films, even have a big sentinel and APU, a cartwheeling Neo and a wall stepping Trinity on display in my lounge. (And a box full of other characters in the attic).

 

 

I'd like to see more sequels, Keanu being a permanent resident of the Matrix after sacrificing his physical body to delete the Smiths. 

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