Lana Wachowski is set to write and direct a fourth film set in the world of “The Matrix,” with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement on Tuesday.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.”
In addition to Wachowski, the script was also written by Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. Wachowski is also producing with Grant Hill. Sources say the film is eyed to begin production at the top of 2020.
The three previous films —“The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” — have collectively earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office. All three were written and directed by Lana and her sister, Lilly, and starred Reeves and Moss.
“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Wachowski said.
The first “Matrix” had its 20th anniversary this year, marked by special screenings at select AMC locations starting on Aug. 30.
4. "Just like the first one, my expectations are low." In response to Reply # 0
The first one was just lightning in a bottle. No shade. It's rare for any filmmaker to have a movie which altered filmmaking to such a degree much less be able to do it throughout a trilogy.
But I don't see anything in their filmography which suggests this new movie will be great. Granted, if they've been working on the script for years, that might help. (Lana and Lilly worked on the first Matrix for eight years before filming.)
Then again, I thought the first one would be trash judging from the trailer, so...
5. "Is There Really A Need To Do Another Matrix Movie?" In response to Reply # 0
The three movies and the one animated one was enough for me, it ended but not what I wanted it to but to me it should be left alone and time to create some other movies similar but not addition to it though.
These days no movie is taboo to touch, every movie is fair game to be remade, being re-casted, or making more sequels/prequels to.
I guess it's all opinions and we just have to wait and see, what happens, happens, it might be good, it might be bad.
8. "is it gonna be an allegory on trans issues and such?" In response to Reply # 0
now that the men that originally wrote and directed the trilogy think they're women? i'm sure they'll at least ramp up all the S&M leatherbound shit we got from the originals. i dunno. i just don't see this being made just to tell a really good sci fi story. it's gonna have some woke shit in it. aaaand that'll be one more franchise ran into the ground due to the bullshit PC narrative pumped out by hollyweird.
if i'm still smokin when it comes out, i might catch a drive-in sesh. but more likely i'll just bootleg it cos fuck paying for this kinda shit anymore.
(ok that sounds salty as fuck but i'm still HOPING it's a good flick. the only real let-down in the franchise was the 3rd film, and even that got by on sheer scale & spectacle alone. Reloaded got better with repeat viewings (even the Architect scene...concordantly), but Revolutions got worse (why am i talking in so many parentheses)).
'Braveheart' Cinematographer John Toll Boarding 'Matrix 4' The two-time Oscar winner's credits include "Legends of the Fall,' 'The Thin Red Line' and 'Iron Man 3.'
The two-time Oscar winner's credits include "Legends of the Fall,' 'The Thin Red Line' and 'Iron Man 3.' Cinematographer John Toll, who won two back-to-back Oscars for his work for Edward Zwick's Legends of the Fall in 1994 and Mel Gibson's Braveheart in 1995, is in negotiations to shoot the new Matrix movie, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Lana Wachowski, who co-created the trilogy with Lilly Wachowski, is returning to the director's chair for the endeavor, and Toll's deal, when closed, will reunite him with the filmmaker, for whom he shot features Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending, and the Wachowskis' Netflix series, Sense8.
Matrix 4 is also bringing back Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss to their roles as Neo and Trinity. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow are backing the return of the action franchise.
The DP's additional credits include Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line (for which he earned a third Oscar nomination), as well as Almost Famous, The Last Samurai, Iron Man 3, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and the pilot for series Breaking Bad. He received the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
Toll's next film is Harriet, directed by Kasi Lemmons and staring Cynthia Erivo, which is slated to open Nov 1.