More revivals, whether you want them or not! Next up is The Matrix, the movie that launched bullet time and trenchcoats back in 1999. The Hollywood Reporter has it on good authority that Warner Bros. is working on bringing back the franchise, although it’s unclear whether or not we’re looking at a continuation, a reboot, or side stories.
The report only suggests that Zak Penn is on as writer and that Warner Bros. is interested in having Michael B. Jordan star. Otherwise, it’s all question marks. The two biggest question marks are the Wachowskis — the writers and directors of the original trilogy. As of now, there’s no indication that they’re even supportive of new entries into the franchise, let alone that they’re involved. With attention being given to other potential stars, it seems Keanu Reeves wouldn’t be back either (would make sense given the ending of the trilogy). That’s fine — he’s meeting his rad action quota with John Wick.
In its day, The Matrix represented something wildly different. Not only did it popularize slow-motion bullet time action scenes, its concept of humans living in a virtual world while being used as batteries for machines stuck with moviegoers — and with virtual reality coming back, it’s a concept that might still have some meat on the bone.
Then again — hot take incoming — The Matrix has aged surprisingly poorly since 1999. As fresh as the movie seemed then, a rewatch today reveals a movie stuck in the ’90s. Although it’s no fault of the movie, bullet time has been overused to the point of becoming passe. The Matrix seems like a phenomenon stuck in its own time, but the name should still be a draw anyway, so the temptation to bring it back was always going to be hard to resist.
There’s also the problem that the second and third entries (Reloaded and Revolution) — remember those? — were not particularly well-received by fans or critics, leaving the original as the only movie in the franchise that matters when it comes to pop culture nostalgia. Warner Bros. will have to keep that in mind as they move forward. After all, no one wants to see AI Colonel Sanders do his thing again.
Via The Hollywood Reporter
This story was originally published at The Matrix is Likely Getting a Reboot