The Matrix: New Project Isn’t a Reboot

It looks like The Matrix reboot might not be that at all, but rather an expanded universe.

Updated with new information!

Is this a glitch, or is Warner Bros. really developing a reboot of The Matrix? According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is interested in reviving the franchise, with Zak Penn (Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: First Class) currently “in talks to write a treatment.”

So, a couple of things about this before we all start stoking the fires. “In talks to write a treatment” is about as vague as it gets when it comes to a potential project’s life cycle, and I’m willing to bet that the term “reboot” might not even apply here. For all we know, this is The Matrix 4, as the trilogy was left with just barely open ended enough to continue if you squint a little bit. Hell, just last month, Keanu Reeves made some noises about it.

But don’t get excited. Or worried. The Wachowskis aren’t currently involved, and it’s difficult to imagine any potential new installment in the franchise feeling right without them. No star has been approached, although Warner Bros. would apparently like Michael B. Jordan to take the lead this time around. Joel Silver, who produced the first three films, is said to be interested, but he isn’t currently attached.

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To add fuel to the fire about this not really being a “reboot” but rather some kind of revisiting or continuation of the franchise, that same report indicates that within the last few months a Matrix TV series was floated and shot down and that Warner Bros. thinks they can take a “Star Wars” approach to the franchise, by branching off and telling untold stories within the world.

Some recent tweets from Zak Penn would seem to indicate that words like “reboot” or “remake” don’t apply here.

— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 15, 2017— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017

That’s a relief, isn’t it? We’re in favor of an expanded Matrix universe getting explored.

In short, whatever this is, it’s probably still a ways off. But on the other hand, Warner Bros. is looking for franchise opportunities beyond their DC superhero properties, so it’s probably inevitable that we get a Matrix cinematic universe. Take whichever pill you want.