Not A Glitch: ‘Matrix 4’ Is Confirmed With Lana Wachowski, Keanu Reeves & Carrie-Ann Moss Returning

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BY September 3, 2019

It’s not a glitch! We’re headed back into The Matrix! A Variety exclusive confirms that writer-director Lana Wachowski will be returning for the fourth film in the Matrix universe. The film will also see the return of stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss.

The latest headlines may seem like Deja Vu, but the continuation of The Matrix films is now a reality. One half of the directing duo of the Wachowski Sisters will be returning for the 4th film.

Considered one of the best, and most influential science fiction franchises of all time, the latest film will also see its two main leads in Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss reprising their roles as the iconic Neo and Trinity.

The Matrix is a huge franchise in terms of its contribution to fandom and the industry itself. Warner Bros. has long sought the continuation of the franchise and it looks like it’s finally happening!

The Matrix Revolutionized Filmmaking And Science Fiction

The Matrix was revolutionary in terms of its scope of storytelling and the innovations to filmmaking technology that the film pioneered. Similar to Star Wars, another cultural icon, The Matrix had a lot of influences.

A poster of 'The Matrix'. Image via Warner Bros.

Everything from Eastern philosophies, metaphysics, action-adventure Westerns, hacker and anime culture, and existentialist ideologies went into the story of The Matrix. A story that acted as an allegory to modern culture, while also weaving in a plethora of commentaries on the cyclical nature of life, the universe and everything that is. The Matrix was mindless action for audiences that wanted it, while also being an independent art film for those who wanted that.

The film(s) (the first one, more so than its sequels) completely changed how science fiction stories were told and presented to audiences. Complex and overly technical dialogue that didn’t seem to phase the everyday audience. Exposition and influence steeped in other pop-cultural and philosophical schools of thought were easily digested. The films went to be a massive critical and commercial success.

Trying To Get Back Into The Matrix

Over the last few years, Warner Bros. have been trying very hard to return to the Matrix. The studio considered every option to bring the franchise back. Especially given the era of franchises, sequels, and reboots, that is currently prevalent in the industry.

The most concrete idea seems to have come from Zak Penn, screenwriter for movies such as Ready Player One and The Avengers. Penn confirmed as early as 2017 and then again in mid-2018 that he had been working on a Matrix-related story. Penn confirmed that his story was neither a reboot nor a continuation.

The Wachowski That Made It Back To The Matrix

There’s no news about what the story of the new film will be. Lana Wachowski was one-half of the original writer & director duo of the first trilogy. So it’s fair to assume that she is the best person to tell a new story in this world, with these beloved characters. It does concern me a little that Lilly Wachowski isn’t returning.

Am image from 'The Matrix. Image via Warner Bros.

The Wachowskis have mostly been a writing-directing duo for most of their filmography. To see them split up on the continuation of a project that made them some of the most sought after directors in Hollywood, seems strange.

Almost everything that the Wachowskis have worked on, have been some form of genius, despite critical or commercial reception. There is always something unique to appreciate or admire about everything they’ve done from Speed Racer, to Cloud Atlas, to the Netflix series Sense 8. Even the critically-panned Jupiter Ascending was visually stunning. So even one of them returning for a new Matrix movie is extremely intriguing.

A Real Life Redemption Story

The first Matrix movie was considered the greatest thing since sliced bread. It still is, to a certain extent. It’s two subsequent sequels, however, were much more divisive. Many felt that the Wachowskis lost their sense of storytelling once they, ‘made it big’. The bigger budget and what was perceived as shoehorning in a trilogy, made the reactions to The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolution quite negative.

A poster of 'The Matrix: Reloaded' Image via Warner Bros.

So it should be interesting to see how Lana redeems herself. While there is no word on the return of Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne, anything can happen in The Matrix.

The fourth Matrix film will begin production in 2020. Stay tuned to this space for more details as they arrive.

Are you going to be watching The Matrix 4? Let us know in the comments below.

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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