Warner Bros, Village Roadshow reload ‘The Matrix’ franchise
‘The Matrix Reloaded’ (Photo credit: Warner Bros).
Twenty years after the Wachowski siblings’ The Matrix burst onto the world, Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures are reloading the franchise.
Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity in the untitled film which will be directed and co-written by Lana Wachowski.
Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement today. Lana Wachowski is producing with Grant Hill and co-writing with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.”
The three previous editions co-created with Lilly Wachowski — The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003)— grossed more than $1.6 billion worldwide.
The Matrix Revolutions was the first film ever to release simultaneously in every major country at the same hour around the world.
The franchise also spawned a video game in 2003, Atari’s Enter the Matrix, which sold more than five million copies worldwide, with close to $60 million in US sales.
Special 20th anniversary screenings of The Matrix are being held in Australian cinemas on August 28 and in the US on August 30.