In 1999 there came a film that revolutionised the sci-fi and action genre, serving as an influencer of many films to follow it; that film was The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne. Introducing us to the now defunct ‘bullet-time’, here was a film that presented a fantastical idea of being plugged into a computer and entering a whole new realm of existence where some individuals were practically gods. The series spawned a trilogy which felt overdrawn by its conclusion, but now it appears Warner Bros. are ready to plug in once more and reboot the franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is in its very early stages, but it looks like Zak Penn (Ready Player One, X-Men: The Last Stand) is being tapped to write the potential reboot and early rumblings are that Michael B. Jordan may be the leading man to take the mantle from Keanu Reeves.
Interestingly, there seems to be no mention of original creators Lilly and Lana Wachowski so this could well be a full-blown control, alt, delete and restart altogether.
The original Matrix trilogy grossed $1.6 billion at the box office and spawned an anime series as well as multiple video games. Most recently, its core stars Keanue Reeves and Laurence Fishburne reunited for the action-packed John Wick: Chapter 2.