In today's latest reboot news that no one asked for, a reboot of The Matrix is in the works at Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter. The remake of the cult 1999 sci-fi movie is in is early stages, with Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand, The Avengers) reportedly in talks to write the treatment.
The Wachowski sisters, who wrote and directed the original film, are currently not involved in the reboot and their role in the project has yet to be determined. But sources claim Michael B. Jordan (Fantastic Four, Creed, Black Panther) is being eyed to star as the lead. The possible remake comes after a TV version of the movie was tossed.
Warner Bros. (who initially distributed The Matrix) is reportedly interested in adapting the new Star Wars model, where spinoffs like Rogue One and the upcoming young Hans Solo movie explored different stories within the larger cinematic universe. In a recent interview while promoting John Wick: Chapter 2, Keanu Reeves (who played Neo) said he's open to returning to the franchise if the Wachowskis were also on board.
"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?" he told Yahoo Movies. The Matrix was the third film for the Wachowskis and is regarded as one of the best science fiction movies of all time. It took home four Academy Awards and was followed up with two sequels: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both released in 2003).
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