A reboot of the 1999 sci-fi classic The Matrix is in the works at Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter. Few details about the project exist, however, including the involvement of the original trilogy’s creators, the Wachowski sisters.
According to sources, Lilly and Lana Wachowski are not currently involved in the reboot and their relationship to any new project has yet to be determined. As for a star, sources noted an interest in Michael B. Jordan, while Alpha‘s creator and go-to superhero movie story- and scriptwriter Zak Penn might could write the treatment.
It’s also unclear what form the Matrix reboot would take. An idea to turn it into a TV show was scrapped, though there is apparently interest in mimicking the new Star Wars model, in which stand-alone films like Rogue One or the upcoming young Han Solo movie delve into specific stories of the larger cinematic universe.
In a recent interview, The Matrix‘s original star, Keanu Reeves, even expressed interest in reprising his role as Neo if the Wachowskis were involved. “They would have to write it and direct it,” he told Yahoo Movies. “And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’d be weird, but why not?”
The Matrix became an unexpected smash after its release in 1999, thanks to its revolutionary special effects and a story that questioned notions of reality at the outset of a new digital age. The film picked up four Academy Awards, and while its sequels, Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions, were less well received, they were huge box office successes.
Along with the trilogy, the Wachowskis contributed to other Matrix properties including The Animatrix, a collection of short anime films detailing the Matrix universe, and several video games. Outside of the franchise, the Wachowskis collaborated on Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending, the V for Vendetta screenplay and the Netflix series, Sense8.