UPDATE: It looks like Warner Bros. is hopeful that production on The Matrix 4 may resume in July after being shut down back in March due to the current coronavirus pandemic.
Variety reports that the cast of the fourth installment has signed eight-week extensions to keep the actors on hold until at least July 6.
UPDATE: Looks like The Matrix 4 will feature a reunion of the original stunt crew as well. Chad Stahelski (John Wick) and David Leitch (Deadpool 2, Hobbs & Shaw) is confirmed to be plugging back into the Matrix to help out with the stunts of the 4th installment. Stahelski stated to Collider:
“It’s more about the creative concept of some of the choreography and backing them up with stuff. Other than the Matrixes, most of their stuff…what makes [Lana] so great is she directs her own action. We’ve had second unit directors on some of the Matrixes just because of the logistics involved. But of late, and especially on Matrix 4, she’s directing her own action. The second units for them are mostly establishing shots, the B-sides of the some of the compositions for some locations. But Lana, she does her own action. She weaves it into the main unit stuff, which is why their stuff looks so good.”
He added, “They were really cool. They asked us to help out with the choreography and some of the physical training for the guys. I’m helping out a little bit for a sequence, I think Dave’s helping out for a sequence. Lana’s come back with a lot of love to have a pseudo-family reunion, so that’s been a lot of fun. It’s been good to see a lot of the crew members again. We just finished doing a sequence in San Francisco before the pandemic started.”
UPDATE: Check out Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss filming a motorcycle scene on the set of The Matrix 4!
UPDATE: Production has officially started as seen in the on-set footage of Keanu Reeves below!
UPDATE: Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Baywatch) is in final talks to join the cast of The Matrix 4. Production is set to start rolling in San Francisco this February.
UPDATE: A release date is set for The Matrix 4 on May 21, 2021. Keanu Reeves will be facing off with himself that weekend as John Wick Chapter 4 is also scheduled to open on the same date.
UPDATE: Best known for her role as Colleen Wing in Marvel’s Iron Fist series, actress Jessica Henwick is the latest to join the cast of The Matrix 4.
UPDATE: Another familiar face may be returning to The Matrix. Jada Pinkett Smith (Angel Has Fallen) is currently in negotiations to return as captain of the Logos hovercraft, Niobe, for The Matrix 4.
Smith last played the character in parts 2 and 3, The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions.
UPDATE: Casting continues as Variety reports that Neil Patrick Harris (TV’s How I Met Your Mother) has landed a part in The Matrix 4.
UPDATE: First major casting news has arrived for the 4th installment of The Matrix as words are out that Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has landed a lead role. No further details is available at the moment, so stay tuned!
UPDATE: Looks like a “relaunch” is out of the question as news has come that Lana Wachowski is set to write and direct The Matrix 4! The franchise will continue with both Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss returning as Neo and Trinity.
Production is scheduled to roll sometime in early 2020.
UPDATE: According to Discussing Films the Wachowski will return to direct the new Matrix film set to begin production in 2020. Michael B. Jordan is said to be headlining the movie along with producing with Warner Brothers under his Outlier Society Productions company.
Rumors are that they have been secretly prepping the film under the working title “Project Ice Cream”. Zak Penn will be writing the script with Hugh Bateup, who was an art director on 1999’s ‘The Matrix’ set to return to the franchise as the production designer for this film.
Stay tuned for confirmation.
UPDATE: Looks like the original franchise directors may be plugging back into The Matrix! Chad Stahelski (John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum) broke the news during an interview with Yahoo Movies stating:
“I’m super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a Matrix, but they’re expanding what we all loved. And if it’s anywhere near the level of what they’ve already done, it wouldn’t take more than a call to go, ‘Hey, we want you to be a stunt guy’ and I would probably go and get hit by a car.” He added that he was ‘unsure’ if the pair would direct the Matrix project, but “If they wanted help, I would absolutely put down whatever I was doing to help them.”
Stahelski was a stunt double for Keanu Reeves on all three Matrix films and also served as stunt co-ordinator on the sequels, not to mention his successful directing debut on the John Wick franchise, he definitely got the resume to helm the new Matrix project if they need the “help”.
UPDATE: Reports are coming out that the new ‘Matrix’ may be a PREQUEL focusing on a young ‘Morpheus’ (originally played by Laurence Fishburne).
Throughout the original trilogy, there were hints of Morpheus’ past that took place off screen including his early relationship with ‘Niobe’ (played by Jada Pinkett Smith) and his visit to ‘The Oracle’ who revealed to him that he would one day find “The One”. The potential prequel may explore this even deeper ala what ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ did with the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.
As reported a few days ago, MICHAEL B. JORDAN is highly considered for a role in the relaunch and it may just be for a young ‘Morpheus’.
UPDATE: Writer ZAK PENN went to Twitter to clarify that the new ‘Matrix’ will NOT be a reboot.
Can’t comment yet except to say that the words “reboot” and “remake” were from an article. Let’s stop responding to inaccurate news.
— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017
All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT the Matrix. People who know Animatrix and the comics understand.
— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 15, 2017
If I were going to recast Keanu Reeves, I would cast Keanu Reeves.
— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017
Do I want to see more stories set in the universe of the matrix? Yes. Because it’s a brilliant idea that generates great stories.
— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017
There you have it. The relaunch of ‘The Matrix’ will be exploring more of that universe and not just rehashing the original.
Inspired by classic Japanese Anime, classic John Woo shoot-em-ups, and Hong Kong martial arts cinema, the Wachowskis’ 1999 sci-fi classic THE MATRIX starring Keanu Reeves is set to be “relaunch” by Warner Bros. studios with ZAK PENN (X-Men) in early talks to write the script.
The original film catapulted Reeves into super stardom and spawned two highly successful (but critically panned) sequels, ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and ‘The Matrix Revolutions’. Not to mention it introduced western audiences to the beauty of master YUEN WOO PING’s fight choreography and the revolutionary “bullet-time” special effects.
Early reports are saying Warner Bros. is eyeing MICHAEL B. JORDAN (Creed) to star but it is not known weather or not the Wachowskis will be involved. It is also too early to tell if this will be a full-on reboot or an actual “relaunch’ to continue the story where Neo and the rest of the gang left off.
While promoting ‘John Wick: Chapter Two’, Keanu Reeves did express some interest to return as ‘Neo’ stating: “They (the Wachowskis) would have to write it and direct it. And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’d be weird, but why not?”
In my honest opinion, it would be wise to bring the original creators back along with Reeves especially now that the ‘John Wick’ films has recharged his action star status.
What do you guys think? Comment below and stay tuned for more details.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter