Do you want to see more of The Matrix universe? Well, you just might, as rumor has it now that the Wachowski siblings have started writing a new Matrix trilogy for Warner Bros.
Latino Review has the scoop that the Wachowskis “have already started the writing process with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio,” but there is no word yet if they’ll direct.
As far as the new film trilogy’s story goes, it looks like it could be a prequel to The Matrix, as one early outline reportedly deals with the birth of the Matrix and the studio might want to “explore that early world.”
Interestingly enough, Latino Review also said that the studio wants to have the new Matrix series ready by 2017 to go up against the new Star Wars and Avatar films:
Warner Bros. is desperate for a surefire franchise and will be making a push to have the new Matrix films ready to up against any new Star Wars and Avatar films by 2017.
Right now this is all just rumor, which we’ve heard many times before when it comes to new Matrix movies. But, it was a hit franchise for the studio, so it’s not unrealistic that they’d want to dip back into that pool.
The first film, The Matrix, was written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers (now The Wachowski siblings, Lana and Andy), and was a major hit for the WB upon release in 1999. Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Hugo Weaving, The Matrix sees a dystopian future where humans unknowingly live in “The Matrix,” a virtual realty created by sentient machines to control them. While the humans’ minds are living out virtual lives within the Matrix, their physical bodies lie dormant, being used by the machines as an energy source. Keanu Reeves stars as “Neo,” a computer programmers who learns the truth about The Matrix and becomes the central figure in a rebellion by the humans against the machines.
Two feature-length sequels — The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions — were filmed simultaneously and released separately in 2003. While the second film did well, the final installment did not, and only served to frustrate fans of the franchise who felt the story was not neatly wrapped up. Regardless, The Matrix is a lucrative franchise for Warner Bros. and there’s been plenty of Matrix ancillary material over the years, like the well-received 2003 anime series The Animatrix, as well as video games and comic books. So, it’s not surprising that the studio would want to revisit The Matrix world and churn out more stories, but could it have the power to go up against Star Wars or Avatar? That’s a tough one.
Every time a new Matrix film rumor pops up, the fans groan and try to will it away. Does anyone really want more Matrix films? In truth, they probably should have stopped after the first one, as the final film just left fans scratching their heads in confusion.
Who’s interested in seeing a new Matrix trilogy? Would you prefer that it be a prequel to the first film or a continuation of the final installment?