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Links to our threads on The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003).

Also links to our threads on 'Ping Pong in the Matrix!' (Jul 2003), 'Mr. Matrix and His Dominatrix' (Aug 2003), 'Matrix DVD Box Set?' (Jul 2004 - May 2009) and 'Would You Allow Someone To Continue In The Matrix?' (Nov 2005).

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'The Matrix' Reboot in the Works at Warner Bros. (Exclusive)
It’s still not clear what shape the project will take, but sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros. is in the early stages of developing a relaunch of The Matrix, the iconic 1999 sci-fi movie that is considered one of the most original films in cinematic history, with Zak Penn in talks to write a treatment.
Sources say there is potential interest in Michael B. Jordan to star, but much must be done before the project is ready to go.
At this point, the Wachowski siblings, who wrote and directed the original and its two sequels, are not involved and the nature of their potential engagement with a new version has not been determined. Certainly, Warners would want the two filmmakers to give at minimum a blessing to the nascent project. The studio had no comment.
Joel Silver, who produced the original trilogy, is said to have approached Warners about the idea of mining The Matrix for a potential new film. However, Silver sold his interest in all his movies to the studio in 2012 for about $30 million, according to sources. Warners is said to be leery of including him in any meaningful role, as he not only has a reputation for budget-control issues, but apparently has a strained relationship with the Wachowskis. The siblings hold much more meaning for fans than the producer. Silvers reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment. . . .
The idea of adapting The Matrix as a television series was nixed in recent months. But Warner Bros. sees a model in what Disney and Lucasfilm have done with Star Wars, exploring the hidden corners of the universe with movies such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story or the in-production young Han Solo film. Perhaps a young Morpheus movie could come out of the exploration, as an example. . . .
The Hollywood Reporter, March 14, 6:13pm

Warner Bros Ponders More Of ‘The Matrix’
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is trying to see if there is more life in The Matrix beyond the three groundbreaking films written and directed by the Wachowskis. This is all in the exploratory phase and it’s unclear if the Wachowskis or the original cast will be involved, or producer Joel Silver. Right now, I hear the studio is likely to create a writer’s room of scribes to figure out a possible way to relaunch the franchise.  . . .
Deadline.com, March 14, 6:18pm

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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‘Matrix 4’ Officially a Go With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski (EXCLUSIVE)
In addition to Wachowski, the script was also written by Aleksandar 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. . . .
Plot details are currently unknown, as is how the role of Morpheus will be handled, originally played by Laurence Fishburne. Some sources say the role may be recast for a younger take. . . .
Variety, August 20

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Honestly, after Sense8 and revisiting the original Matrix (though not, as yet, the rest of their work), I have a lot more respect for the Wachowskis than I did; they're not the empty-headed posers I assumed them to be the first time I watched The Matrix--they're much, much goofier and complicated. Which is to say--if Lana's on-board, I'm not going to dismiss a return to the franchise out-of-hand.

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Co-written by Aleksandar Hemon??!! Seems like the lede was buried here. Not to mention Mitchell. 

This seems promising from a literary perspective. Doesn't mean it'll be a good movie, of course, but it's still promising.

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