According to a report by Yahoo! Movies, Warner Bros. is planning to reboot the classic 1999 sci-fi film The Matrix. Nothing about the project has truly been solidified as of yet, and we still don't know exactly how the planned project will play out, be it a television series or a remastered film franchise.
The producer of the original Matrix trilogy, Joel Silver, allegedly approached Warner Bros. about relaunching the film about five years ago. However, Silver ended up selling the rights to all three movies to the same studio in 2012 for about $30 million. Warner is apparently considering leaving Silver out of the new project altogether due to his known issues with staying in budget as well as his strained relationship with the Wachowski siblings, the duo who wrote and directed the original trilogy.
Despite this theory however, Warner Bros. has yet to announce any involvement of the Wachowkis in the new project. Although it is expected that the studio would want some type of blessing by the duo before making any drastic changes.
Released around this time of year in March of 1999, the original film's plot revolves around the concept that humanity is living in a simulated reality while other beings harvest their life-force. A computer programmer named Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, eventually discovers the true nature of The Matrix and eventually becomes humanity’s last shot to overthrow their oppressors.
Before long, the film became famous for its groundbreaking special effects. The Matrix went on to become the fourth highest grossing film of that year and spawned two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003), although the sequels weren't as well-received.
Warner Bros. has expressed interest in casting Michael B. Jordan in a leading role for the new project, be it a film or episodic television series, although the project will have to be much further along before the notion can be expected to become a reality.
As for Reeves, he's been a bit busy promoting John Wick Chapter Two, though the actor did say he would be open to returning to the franchise as long as the Wachowskis were involved. “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?” Reeves said in a recent interview.
More likely however, Warner Bros. will search for a better-known action movie director and writer before they relaunch the franchise. What do you think about rebooting The Matrix? Are you excited, or would you rather see something else ? Let us know in the comments below!