Hollywood’s reboot mania seems to only be getting worse with sources inside Warner Bros. exclusively revealing to The Hollywood Reporter that, The Matrix franchise would be rebooted and relaunched.
Released in 1999 and written and directed by the Wachowski siblings, The Matrix was arguably one of the most original pieces of cinematic production in history. The film grossed just shy of $171.5 million in the US, making it the top grossing R-rating film of 1999. The franchise’s 2003 squeal, The Matrix Reloaded is the second highest grossing R-rating film of all time, with The Passion of the Christ taking the top spot. The final installment released later the same year as Reloaded (weird, I know), The Matrix Revolutions struggled to match the success of the first two films, only managing to make up its production costs with worldwide box office numbers.
When asked about the Wachowskis’ involvement in the new project, Warner Bros. offered no comment with insiders revealing that Zak Penn, who has been responsible for The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: The Last Stand, and a number of other Marvel films, had been asked to write a treatment for the reboot. Sources have also revealed that there is potential interest in Fantastic Four’s Michael B. Jordan taking up the lead role in the new film. It would seem then, that Warner Bros. may be looking to sprinkle some of Marvel Studios’ box office magic on this, their latest push into the recycle and reuse approach to film-making.
As for The One himself, Keanu Reeves? While promoting his latest film, John Wick: Chapter 2, Reeves revealed that he would be interested as long as the Wachowskis are involved stating, “They would have to write it and direct it. And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’d be weird, but why not?” However, if current Warner Bros. reboots are any indication, the studio is likely to search for new blood when casting for the new film.