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We assume the title of the next Matrix movie will be different from this one.  But will it be better?  After "Reloaded" and "revolutions," well, we don't know.
enlarge We assume the title of the next Matrix movie will be different from this one. But will it be better? After “Reloaded” and “Revolutions” we don’t know.

It’s official: the Matrix film series returns with a fourth numbered entry. And it will see the return of original trilogy stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in their respective roles as Neo and Trinity.

Lana Wachowski, who co-wrote and co-directed with sibling Lilly on all three original trilogy films, has been confirmed (so far) as the only Wachowski family member in the writer/director’s chair. Wachowski will be joined by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell as co-writers, whose names will likely be familiar to Wachowski fans. Mitchell’s novel cloud atlas was eventually developed into a full-length film by the Wachowskis, while Mitchell and Hemon co-wrote much of the Wachowski-led Netflix series Sense8

The chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures, Toby Emmerich, released an official statement on the matter on Tuesday, telling Variety: “We couldn’t be happier to re-enter The Matrix with Lana… We’re thrilled that she’s writing, directing and producing this new chapter in the matrix universe.” In the same report, Wachowski told Variety, “Many of the ideas that Lilly and I explored about our reality 20 years ago are even more relevant now. I am very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another opportunity to work with my brilliant friends.”

Neither the Variety report nor Warner Bros.’ announcement clarifies whether Lilly will be involved in the production of the sequel. Lilly Wachowski took leave from Sense8‘s second season and has never been heard from again since. They were similarly deprived of any other information about casting, characters or the plot of the film. A tentative production schedule is linked to begin in “2020.” (Just to be clear, we don’t know at the moment if the film will be called The matrix 4 or if it’s given another weird subtitled name. The Matrix Unpackedcould be?)

This news follows rumors and speculation that Warner Bros. was watching a movie reboot of the movie Matrix series in 2017, reportedly starring actor Michael B. Jordan and writer Zak Penn. Those efforts ultimately failed, and they were never as formally announced and embraced as Warner Bros. Matrix follow up announcement.

When those 2017 rumors started circulating, Reeves promoted the recently launched John Wick 2had expressed an interest in returning to the Matrix series, but only with the formal participation of the Wachowskis.

After the original Matrix Exploded at the box office in 1999 — inspiring a whole new generation of cinematic sci-fi films — the two sequels saw the film’s original promise crushed under the weight of a more confusing and expansive metaverse. A series of disappointing sequel video games also didn’t help the series’ reputation, although a series of animated featurettes, played live on video in 2003, The Animatrix, benefited from tighter interpretations of the film’s characters and ideas. The Wachowskis have since struggled to recapture the same acclaim they enjoyed the first Matrix movie, with sequels such as speed racercloud atlasand Sense8 all enjoying a mix of mainstream confusion and niche fandom.

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