In Hollywood, sequels, remakes, and reboots of huge franchises have at all times been large enterprise, and through the years, there’s been lots of chatter concerning the potential comeback of 1 large property: The Matrix. A brand new report throws a bit extra gasoline on that specific hearth, as John Wick: Chapter three director Chad Stahelski says the Wachowski siblings are engaged on a brand new installment within the sequence.
Rumors of a reboot or continuation of the franchise have circled for a few years. In 2017, The Hollywood Reporter prompt that Warner Bros. was engaged on a reboot of some type, with Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther) doubtlessly connected and Zak Penn (Prepared Participant One) tapped to write down. Notably, that report indicated that the Wachowskis weren’t connected to the mission.
Talking to Yahoo! Films, Stahelski means that not solely is a Matrix movie within the works, however that the Wachowskis are concerned and that it might be a continuation of the unique three movies. (Clearly, somebody learn my former colleague Kwame Opam’s take that they need to increase the world, somewhat than remake it from scratch.) Stahelski stated:
I’m tremendous comfortable that the Wachowskis aren’t simply doing a Matrix, however they’re increasing what all of us cherished, and if it’s wherever close to the extent of what they’ve already executed, it wouldn’t take greater than a name to go, ‘Hey, we would like you to be a stunt man’ and I’d most likely go and get hit by a automotive.
A consultant for Stahelski instructed The Verge that the quote is “inaccurate” and that he didn’t say that the Wachowskis are doing one other installment, however that “his feedback have been speaking about in the event that they have been, he’d like to be part of it.”
Whether or not or not the assertion is correct, it’s clearly, the kind of scenario to strategy with a salt shaker on the prepared: administrators and actors say issues on a regular basis whereas talking with the press, and Stahelski does hedge a bit, noting that he’s unsure whether or not Lana Wachowski will likely be concerned as a director. There have been rumors that the sisters will likely be retiring after they bought their manufacturing workplace in Chicago final 12 months.
The unique Matrix debuted in theaters 20 years in the past, and the Wachowskis adopted up with a pair of sequels, The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions, to combined opinions. Additionally they oversaw a sequence of comics; a online game, The Matrix On-line, which was set within the aftermath of Revolutions; and The Animatrix, a sequence of animated shorts set within the Matrix universe. Revolutions actually leaves open the potential for extra tales because the battle between humanity and machines got here to a detailed with the complete Matrix getting a reboot. The Oracle and Architect’s remaining scene reveals that there’s nonetheless some rigidity, however the peace will final “so long as it might probably.”
Presumably, any sequel or tie-in may discover the character of the post-Revolution world and people tensions between humanity and the machines. Or it may take care of the Matrix breaking down and what post-Matrix life seems to be like. Actually, having the Wachowskis return to direct or oversee that reboot could be preferable, given how they’ve directed and conceptualized the philosophy and world.
However the unique creators aren’t essentially a requirement for any continuation. Disney’s reboot of the Star Wars franchise went ahead with out the specific assist of George Lucas, whose summaries of a post-Return of the Jedi trilogy have been primarily tossed out in favor of J.J. Abrams’ imaginative and prescient for the way forward for the franchise. However The Matrix has at all times had the Wachowskis’ particular model imprinted on its world, so it’s arduous to see how any way forward for the franchise wouldn’t contain them.
Up to date Might 10th, 2019, 2:00PM ET: Up to date to incorporate assertion from Stahelski’s consultant.