That Matrix Reboot May Not Be A Reboot After All

Image: Danny F. Santos

Image: Danny F. Santos

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Last week some news came down the pipeline that the Wachowskis’ Matrix trilogy was going to get the reboot treatment. Where some people’s knee-jerk reaction was that this was a bad idea, I thought it was actually a pretty good idea.

I’ve already covered all the possible incarnations of a Matrix reboot that Warner Bros. is probably looking at right now. The one everyone is thinking about is a complete remake of the series, but there was another possibility that would keep the original trilogy intact. Looks like that’s what the plan is, as screenwriter Zak Penn (Avengers story credit) took to Twitter to explain what’s going on in a series of tweets. Here’s what he wrote:

I thought that the Animatrix really showed us what a Matrix Film Universe (the MFU) might look like, as I thought it was superior to the sequels. It’s nice to hear that seems to be what Warners is thinking. In a lot of ways it seems that they’re planning along the lines of what Lucasfilm is doing with the Star Wars franchise.

As for what films could be next, all we’ve heard is that Michael B. Jordan is being looked at to play a lead role. Birth.Movies.Death. has sources who have reported that the WB is looking at the actor to play a young Morpheus. That would make a lot of sense, as he was a popular character which would ease audiences into a Matrix expanded universe. We could also see the return of other characters — especially Niobe from Reloaded and Revolutions — as well as other members of the Nebuchadnezzar before they were killed off in the first movie.

We still don’t know what the shape of this will end up being. It could be a series of standalone films but I can’t help but think that WB is planning for a sequel trilogy as well. Keanu Reeves has said he would return to the role of Neo if the Wachowskis directed it, so the door is open for that to occur. The series was left open ended after The Matrix: Revolutions, so I’d be shocked if they didn’t explore a sequel.

About Danny Santos

Freelance writer, filmmaker, actor, musician, and visual artist. Writing online professionally for 4-plus years and has produced and performed in over a dozen films and webseries. He has also been everything from a social media consultant to managing a JUNO award winning musician.