Get ready to re-enter the Matrix.
Lana Wachowski is set to write and direct a fourth film set in the world of “The Matrix,” with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement on Tuesday.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.”
In addition to Wachowski, the script was also written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Wachowski is also producing with Grant Hill. The film is set to begin production at the top of 2020.
Warner Bros. had been trying for the last of couple years to get back into “The Matrix” universe, but there was a hold-up over producing rights. Lucky for all Sci-Fi fans, the studio saw an opportunity to ramp up development, with Reeves showing a strong summer with box office hits “John Wick 3” and “Toy Story 4”.
Plot details are currently not known, as is how the role of Morpheus will be handled. It was originally played by Laurence Fishburne. Some sources have said that the role may be recast for a younger Morpheus, since Fishburne is no longer with us to play the role.
The three films —“The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” — have collectively earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office. All three were written and directed by Lana and her sister, Lilly.
“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Wachowski said.
The first “Matrix” is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and will mark it by having special screenings at select AMC locations starting on Aug. 30.
We at AllForSciFi are excited to bring this news to all Matrix fans and can’t wait to see Neo again. Be sure to bookmark us to continue to receive all the latest Sci-Fi news. We will be following this one closely.