A fourth instalment of the hugely successful Matrix film franchise will be written, directed and produced by original co-creator Lana Wachowski, it has been confirmed today by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
Produced at distributed globally by Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, the film will see the return of both Keanu Reeves and his co-star Carrie-Anne Moss, reprising their roles of Neo and Trinity respectively.
“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.”
Wachowski added: “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.”
The past three instalments have enjoyed massive success globally, both critically and at the box office, amassing a tidy $USD1.6 billion in sales collectively. All of them have been top-10 domestics hits for their year of release, also.
No doubt riding the coattails of a recent uptick in popularity, thanks largely to the huge interest in his John Wick franchise, Keanu Reeves‘ return to the silver screen as Neo is not the biggest surprise to come out of Hollywood, but one that will surely keep a huge crown of sci-fi fans very, very happy.