The popular sci-fi action movie franchise The Matrix will be hitting the cinemas sometime in 2020 with its four installment. The Matrix 4 is now officially under development as Lana Wachowski is set to write and direct it. Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell will also be writing with her.
The film will be produced and distributed worldwide by Warner Bros Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. WB Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich expressed the company’s excitement to work with Wachowski in The Matrix 4. He called her a “true visionary” and “a singular and original creative filmmaker”.
Needless to say, Wachowski is also absolutely thrilled to be back at making The Matrix. She told Variety, “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.”
According to Variety, Warner Bros’ has been trying to make a new Matrix film for the past two years but there were some delays due to a producing rights issue. But this year, they’re finally able to push through with development.
So far, there’s no word yet on what the plot may be about. But great news! The film’s stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will be reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity respectively. Unfortunately though, Laurence Fishburne might not be joining them to play Morpheus again as some sources told Variety that the role may be given to a younger actor.
The Matrix films takes place in a dystopian future where artificial intelligence dominates the Earth and humanity is unknowingly trapped inside a simulated reality called The Matrix. The simulation is a creation of artificial beings who use human bodies as their energy source. When computer programmer and hacker Thomas Anderson (Reeves) finds the truth, he gets involved in the fight against the machines alongside other freed humans.
The franchise is known for its Japanese anime-like action scenes that use fight choreography and wire fu techniques typically used in martial arts films. Perhaps an even more famous fact about The Matrix films is the super cool “bullet time” visual effect that combines slow-motion and normal speed movements in one shot.
The film’s second and third sequel both came out in 2003. The franchise also produced comics, a magazine and video games.