While the three original films – The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions – seemed to conclude the series – Neo and Trinity do die – there has been speculation that the world would return someday. That someday began last August when Warner Bros. officially announced that a fourth Matrix would happen. After Lana Wachowski agreed to helm, based on a script she wrote, Keanu Reeves (Neo) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity) signing on to reprise their respective roles.
Wby? Besides money.
Both Moss and Reeves talked up the film with Empire Magazine for their new Heroes Issue. The two remain very secretive about specific plot points, they did share why they returned.
“Lana Wachowski wrote a beautiful script and a wonderful story that resonated with me,” said Reeves. The John Wick star added, “That’s the only reason to do it. To work with her again is just amazing. It’s been really special, and the story has, I think, some meaningful things to say, and that we can take some nourishment from.”
Moss echoed those sentiments while revealing how surprised she was that a fourth movie was in the works in the first place.
“I never thought that it would happen. It was never on my radar at all,” said the Jessica Jones actress. “When it was brought to me in the way that it was brought to me, with incredible depth and all of the integrity and artistry that you could imagine, I was like, ‘This is a gift.’ It was just very exciting.”
It’ll be interesting to see what explanation we’re given for their resurrections.
Like other big budget productions, The Matrix 4, directed by Lana Wachowski, has shut down until the current Coronavirus pandemic has cleared enough for studios to feel safe to go back into production. That day seems like it will come sooner rather than later as sister outlet Reel 360 reports California will reopen for film production this Friday, June 12.
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Once production resumes on The Matrix 4, it will hopefully still move to Chicago and Germany. The film is set to be released on May 21st, 2021. But that could change..
Lana Wachowski will helm and co-write the screenplay with novelists Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. She is producing with Grant Hill, who executive produced Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions.
The cast will also be comprised of Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jonathan Groff, and Neil Patrick Harris and Eréndira Ibarra.
The trilogy has grossed over $1.6 billion at the WW box office.
SOURCE: Empire Magazine