What a strange news day. Negotiations with Disney and Sony over Spider-Man has leaked, causing fans to spiral into despair. But like with many things this year, Keanu Reeves is here to save the day. And what has he brought for our salvation? The franchise where he plays an actual savior, The Matrix. Prepare yourself — we’re getting Matrix 4.
Matrix 4 is in the works, and Keanu Reeves will be back, along with his costar Carrie-Anne Moss as digital warriors and lovers Neo and Trinity. Of course, how this will happen given that both characters died at the end of The Matrix Revolutions will be interested. Lana Wachowski, one-half of the Wachowski sisters who worked on the original films, will direct.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement reported by Variety. “Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.”
“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Wachowski tells Variety.
Matrix 4 is set to begin filming in 2020. There’s no word if other actors from the previous installments will be returning, like Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving. In Fishburne’s case, the rumor reported by Variety is that they will be replacing him for a younger actor to get a younger take on the character. Whether that’s true, only time will tell.