If you were handing out awards for the biggest surprise of 1999, The Matrix would have burst through the door, grabbed the award and hovered in the air while a camera did a full 360-degree spin around a very confused host. The Matrix was and in many ways still is a revolutionary film that was years ahead of its time in terms of storytelling, technical achievements and terrible sequels.
What the Wachowksis created in that first movie at least, was a genre-defining action spectacle that was often copied but never bettered for years to come. And it sounds like Warner Bros. wants to plug back into that franchise with a fresh reboot. Sort of. According to sources over at The Hollywood Reporter, early talks have begun with Zak “Ready Player One” Penn to work on a script that would feature Michael B. Jordan in a starring role. As for the Wachowskis? Their involvement may not be needed, as the next chapter in The Matrix could follow a prequel route.
THR surmised that Warner Bros. could go with an origin tale that details the rise of Morpheus and how he discovered that humans were nothing more than massively inefficient batteries for machines that had conquered the planet centuries ago, creating a digital dreamscape to keep the minds of the captive humans occupied and unaware of the truth of the Matrix.
Which would make the Warner Bros. plans a systemic anomaly inherent to the programming of the Matrix. Although the transport process has altered their consciousness, they irrevocably remain human. Ergo, concordantly vis-a-vis…you know what, I have no idea what the hell I’m saying. I just thought it would make me sound cool.
Warner Bros. made their cash back and then some with the franchise, despite the follow-up sequels being critical flops as the entire trilogy grossed over $1.6 billion globally at the box office. Ergo, with numbers like that the franchise is due for a comeback. Especially in today’s crazier tech-obsessed world where we’re closer than ever to fantasy than we are reality. CONCORDANTLY! VIS-A-VIS!