No other movie closed out the 90s with such gravitas and complexity as the original The Matrix when in was released in 1999. It told a tale of man’s fall from grace by machines, and the imprisonment of humanity in a virtual world. It was a spectacle to watch at the time, and its philosophical approach to storytelling was revolutionary.
Now, 20 years after the release of the first movie, a fourth Matrix movie is finally coming and has started development. After the release of Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions in 2003, the Matrix franchise had taken a backseat, with series creators the Wachowski Sisters having no plans to continue the franchise. Thanks to a report by Variety, Warner Bros. has confirmed the fourth film, with Lana Wachowski helming the project as producer, writer, and director.
While the report didn’t mention the inclusion of the other half of the filmmaking duo, Lilly Wachowski, will be involved in this project at all. That said, the two main actors from the Matrix trilogy, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, are reported to be coming back to reprise their roles as series leads Neo and Trinity. It remains to be seen whether Morpheus, played by Lawrence Fishburne, and Agent Smith, played by Hugo Weaving, will be back as well.
If anything, this new sequel seems to have happened thanks to the exploding popularity of Keanu Reeves’ other famous trilogy, John Wick, which is in fact directed by Reeves’ stunt double in The Matrix, Chad Stahelski. Hopefully, Matrix 4 will be another landmark hit for this slumbering franchise.