Are The Wachowskis Planning A New Matrix Trilogy?
Mr. Anderson. Your time in the spotlight is coming up again.
A rumor being floated over on Latino-Review claims that a fresh, new Matrix trilogy might be in the works at Warner Bros. The site claims that Andy and Lana Wachowski "already have started the writing process" on what would be a revived franchise for the studio, but they go on to say, "No word if they will want to direct." LR cites the fact that Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer underperformed at the box office, and they mention that Jupiter Ascending doesn’t look like it’s going to break the bank.
Obviously, Hollywood is in full-gear when it comes to rebooting familiar properties and trying to fashion them into long-running film franchises. Just at Warner Bros., alone, they are rolling out a rebooted Godzilla, and are working hard every day to expand the reach of Batman, Superman and other heroes who have had their own franchises at different points in the past.
Warner isn’t alone, though. Sony has revealed plans as of late to have a new Spider-Man movie in theaters every year moving forward. Fox has their X-Men movies and the Avatar trilogy in play. Universal is bringing back Jurassic Park. And where do we attempt to begin Disney and Marvel? Star Wars and every Marvel property is being fashioned into a multi-arc storyline that can guarantee multiple films stretched out over several years.
The thing about The Matrix is that there are numerous stories that can be told inside of that original universe. And you don’t even have to bring back original stars like Keanu Reeves or Laurence Fishburne. The Wachowskis could easily explore some of the fringe players in their initial trilogy, finding so many other stories to tell with new, cutting-edge technologies.
As LR notes, the Architect in the second Matrix movie notes that Reeves’ Neo wasn’t the only "One." Spinoff!
It’s also interesting that Fishburne recently stepped back into his signature role of Morpheus for a Super Bowl commercial. Did he know, somehow, that the Wachowskis were circling this universe again, maybe needing him to polish off his monotone delivery? Maybe this was the first shot fired in a campaign to remind people about the Matrix? Remember that amazing film and its two mediocre sequels? Would you like three more of those? Of course you would! Buy your tickets.
We’ll continue to track the possibilities of a new Matrix trilogy, but for now, take it all with a grain of salt. And bend the spoon. Psyche! There IS no spoon, silly.
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