Today's Big Movie Rumor: Are the Wachowskis Planning a New 'Matrix' Trilogy?

Today's Big Movie Rumor: Are the Wachowskis Planning a New 'Matrix' Trilogy?

Mar 03, 2014

We’ve heard rumors for years that Andy and Lana Wachowski were planning to make more movies set in The Matrix’s universe, so today’s reveal isn’t exactly anything new. Rumors are once again making the rounds that the siblings are planning to return to the franchise that made them household names.

Latino Review reports that the directing duo is already at work on a new trilogy, having handed in treatments and outlines to the suits at Warner Bros. even as they put the finishing touches on this summer’s offering: Jupiter Ascending. At this stage, it’s all conjecture, but LR does make a fairly compelling argument for why it all makes sense.

For starters, the original trilogy made over $1.5 billion at the box office, despite the fact the two sequels are often the butt of jokes. $1.5 billion is nothing to sneeze at, and if Hollywood loves anything, it’s money. We're sure Warner Bros. is aware of how the franchise quickly went off the rails after the first film (it’s a fantastic example of a franchise crumbling under the weight of its creators’ pretensions), but enough time has passed that most of the vitriol has long since faded away.

A new Matrix trilogy, with the first film ready in time for 2017, gives Warner Bros. another big tentpole title to compete with the Star Wars and Avatar franchises as LR points out. It also gives it another option should its DC Comics’ films not take off in the way it hopes.

Meanwhile, the Wachowskis haven’t exactly set the cinematic world aflame in the wake of the Matrix films. Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas have both found cult audiences, but neither has been anywhere near as successful as The Matrix was. Returning to The Matrix would give them a high-profile project with a decent chance at box office success, which in turn could get them the funding to continue to make things like Cloud Atlas.

Of course, this is all just speculation – and the bigger question is, where would the story go from here? Sources indicate that the Wachowskis might go in the direction of a prequel, particularly since Neo was not the first One. The formation of the Matrix could provide an interesting backdrop for an entirely new tale, although nailing a prequel is tough to do. Would Keanu Reeves return? It’s probably not worth spending a lot of time worrying about that at this stage of the game.

Are you interested in more Matrix movies, or did the end of the original trilogy kill the franchise for you?

[via Den of Geek]


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