Warner Brothers looking to reboot 'The Matrix'

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Written by Chris13,327 Reads9 Comments2017-03-14 19:44:18

Warner Brothers are reportedly looking to reboot the revolutionary cinematic phenomenon, The Matrix and are apparently currently in talks with Zack Penn to write the film's script.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the studio is in the early stages of rebooting the iconic sci-fi franchise, aiming to explore other avenues of the Matrix universe, rather than remaking the original trilogy - much like how Disney have created anthology films set in the same Star Wars universe, but not directly linked to the episodic installments.

The Wachowski siblings are not involved at this point and sources claim the likelihood of them returning to direct the reboot is unlikely - which is extremely unfortunate considering Keanu Reeves stated he would be interested in returning to play Neo (The One) in a future Matrix film - on the one condition that the Wachowskis were involved. So, no Wachowskis, no Reeves.

Sources close to the studio also claim Michael B. Jordan is being eyed for a lead role.

The Matrix is such an iconic and well-respected franchise, its characters and its mythology can not be easily replicated. In some cases, rebooting a popular property like this would be welcomed with modern day effects and a fresh cast, but it seems like rebooting The Matrix would be a bad move, at least with respect to its fan base. Without the Wachowski's involvement and without Keanu Reeves, it's hard to envision a successful reboot.

What do you think of Warner Brothers' plans to reboot The Matrix? Are you all for it? Do you have concerns? Sound off in the comments and let us know!

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Facehuggers

MemberRespectedMar-14-2017 7:46 PM

Yep, I'll take the red pill now.

S.M

MemberConversationalistMar-14-2017 8:10 PM

Considering how average the second and third films were after the great first film, and how this is other stories in the same universe rather then remaking the original trilogy, I'm not seeing a downside.

In fact if they could remake the second and third films that'd be good too.

Chris

AdminAtmanMar-14-2017 8:30 PM

I feel like it would be hard to replicate or at least expand upon the existential themes presented in the original films. Sure, none of the sequels could compete with the first one, but they all remained connected on a fundamental level. I would not support films set in the Matrix universe for the purpose of banking on the name alone. It would need to have some serious substance and involve some pretty groundbreaking and profound concepts for me to get behind it.

S.M

MemberConversationalistMar-14-2017 8:38 PM

It'd be simple to make a war movie - several even - a la Rogue One, without needing to get into all that monomyth stuff.

Chris

AdminAtmanMar-14-2017 8:46 PM

Exactly, it would be easy and also boring. Rogue One at least addressed the manner in which the plans to the Death Star were stolen.

The only avenue I would be interested to see, is a story detailing the original savior. The first "One" before they were reincarnated. I would like to see how the first Human became aware of their cir***stances and kickstarted the perpetual cycle of destruction and creation. That could be cool, but would require a massive scope. Warner Bros better not cheap out on this.

I suspect they might go even further back, and pull a play out of Terminator's playbook and focus on "The birth of The Matrix". Watch them title it that as well hahaha!

S.M

MemberConversationalistMar-14-2017 9:02 PM

Why would it automatically be boring?  There's a stack of those hovercrafty things with crews that you could create new stories from.

Star Wars had five series of Clone Wars and now a couple of series of Rebels that tell new stories.

Gavin

MemberLegendMar-14-2017 10:24 PM

I have always imagined the opening moments to a fourth Matrix as thus...

Voice over by Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) chronicling the fragile peace between the humans of Zion and the Machines, detailing how many humans have been freed from the Matrix with help from the Machines and how some humans have been allowed to help the Machines repair their tech on the surface. Morpheus' voice over closes, stating that the fragile peace held only until "that" day...

We see the Morpheus and other familiar faces such as Link in the hangar area of Zion as one of the controllers identifies an unknown vessel approaching Zion via the underground tunnels. The vessel isn't transmitting an ID code and hasn't identified itself as a Sentinel, but continues its approach. Alarms are raised and Mechs are loaded, guns trained on the gate in question. As the unknown craft nears the gate a camera identifies it as one of the humans own "hovercrafts". The doors are opened and the hovercraft is ushered, at gunpoint to a nearby docking bay where it lands and powers down. Morpheus slowly approaches the landed craft his face pale and followed by a small gathering, behind him Kid shouts "It's the Logos!"

On cue the Logos' boarding ramp lowers with a hiss, bright light shining from within as a hooded and cloaked figure walks down towards the gathering crowd, all of which fall to the ground in reverence, except for Morpheus whose face is perplexed beyond belief. The hooded, cloaked figure the lowers his hood revealing their identity as Neo (Keanu Reeves) who looks Morpheus warmly in the eye before the two hug like old friends.

Ruhaniya

MemberNoobMar-15-2017 4:43 PM

After watching the Animatrix I felt very hopefully for another story. I'm also interested seeing Escape from the Overmind. 

 

 

RR44

MemberInitiateMar-19-2017 4:58 AM

Why?  I thought the first 3 were great.

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