Every few years a science fiction movie will arrive in theaters and completely change the genre. The Matrix is definitely one of those properties, and fans were thrilled to learn that stars like Keanu Reeves would be returning for the upcoming sequel The Matrix Resurrections. And co-creator Lilly Wachowski recently explained why she didn’t return to work on this new installment.
The Wachowskis became household names thanks to their work on the original Matrix trilogy, and have gone on to a number of projects since then. But while Lana Wachowski is back in the director’s chair for Resurrections, Lilly sat the blockbuster out. Now she’s opened up about this choice, saying:
Sounds like Lilly Wachowski made a healthy choice for herself. While this means the filmmaker’s vision won’t contribute to The Matrix Resurrections, hopefully this type of self-care will help her achieve a good work/life balance moving forward. Even reading about Wachowski’s schedule is enough to get one’s head spinning.
Lilly Wachowski’s comments come from her recent conversation with EW. Anticipation for The Matrix 4 is definitely amping up, especially with the movie’s official title and first footage revealed. But with the filmmaker dealing with exhaustion for both professional and personal reasons, she decided to let her sister Lana helm the movie solo.
As she mentions, both Lilly Wachowski and her sister Lana publicly came out as transgender, and transitioned while in the public eye. This is a deeply emotional experience for any trans person, even if you’re not helming a massive project like Sense8. Lilly went on to explain how this factored into her decision for The Matrix Resurrections, saying:
It would be understandable for any filmmaker to want to look forward, rather than back on their filmography. But add in decades and the experience of transitioning, and it seems that Lilly Wachowski simply wasn’t interested in The Matrix Resurrections. We’ll just have to see if another sequel gets ordered, and if Lilly eventually changes her mind about the beloved property.
Not much is known about The Matrix Resurrections, but luckily the first footage recently arrived at CinemaCon. While the teaser hasn’t been released for public consumption, it sounds like the new sequel is going to take a bold departure from the previous trilogy. The cast is stacked, including the return of Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.
The Matrix Resurrections is currently expected to arrive in theaters on December 22nd. In the meantime, check out the 2021 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.
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