Get out the sunglasses and trench coats, and prepare to hack back in: It looks like a new Matrix film is on the way. Even better: It looks like transgender sisters Lana & Lily Wachowski will oversee the production.
The Matrix burst on to screens 20 years ago, forever altering the way Hollywood and the public view science fiction. The film spawned two successful, if divisive sequels, countless imitators, a craze for black leather and a full-on religion (seriously). Unlike other film series, however, The Matrix and its subsequent craze seemed to end in the early 2000s, with only a handful of tie-in games left to keep the franchise active.
Now it looks like the creators of the series–who have since come out as transgender–will take part in a revival. While doing press for John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum which also stars Matrix lead Keanu Reeves, director Chad Stahelski let slip that Warner Bros. has a fourth Matrix film in development.
“I’m super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a Matrix but they’re expanding what we all loved,” Stahleski told Yahoo UK. “And if it’s anywhere near the level of what they’ve already done, it wouldn’t take more than a call to go, ‘Hey, we want you to be a stunt guy’ and I would probably go and get hit by a car.” He also added that he was unsure if the Wachowskis would direct the new film, but did confirm their involvement. The news comes following the recent demise of the Wachowski series Sense8, and reports that sisters Lana and Lily had considered retirement.
Star Keanu Reeves happened to sit next to Stahleski and also expressed his own interest at returning to the role of Neo, the messianic hacker at the center of the series. “That would be a gift,” he said. “I wouldn’t say no to that. Yeah.”
The Matrix series followed a group of hackers as they wage war with a race of sentient machines that have enslaved humanity into a computer simulation. The film series made megastars out of actors Reeves, Carie-Ann Moss, Laurence Fishburne & Hugo Weaving, and radically changed Hollywood’s approach to sci-fi and action films. The movies also earned wide acclaim for their diverse casts and subversion of gender stereotypes.
As of yet, Warner Bros. has not revealed any story details or a release date.