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'Matrix' Reboot Is Reportedly In The Works; Keanu Reeves Said He's Open To Doing Another One

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The Matrix trilogy features, among other things, a notoriously complicated plot. One of the main items was that Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) is stuck in a kind of möbius strip in which, over several lifetimes, he comes to a crossroads in which he must decide the fate of humanity.

It's weirdly appropriate, then, that the series is reportedly being considered for a reboot. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, which said that Warner Bros. is in the early stages of developing a relaunch of the first movie in the trilogy.

The details are scant at the moment, but sources tell THR that writer Zak Penn (The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk) has been tapped to pen a treatment, and that there's interest in bringing in Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station, Creed) to star in the movie. Siblings Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski, the creators of the trilogy, don't seem to be involved with the project at the moment. As for Reeves, he told Yahoo in February that he'd consider doing another installment of The Matrix, but with a big caveat. “The Wachowskis would have to be involved,” he said. “They 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?”

As noted at Polygon, a reboot isn't a remake. In the former, the concept of a movie is replicated, but the specifics (like the characters) aren't always necessary. Which is to say it's possible that we won't be seeing Reeves and the rest of the old gang.

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Depending on who you ask, reboot fatigue is either a Thing or not. Recent entries like Robocop and Fantastic Four had put up less than stellar numbers (actually, it was a hot mess for the latter). But then we also get news that Kong: Skull Island pulled in over $70 million in its first five days.

As referenced before, The Matrix is in a unique position as its premise (that we're all living in a kind of cyclical hologram) could somehow tie in with the concept of a reboot. But, yeah, the producers could also choose to do nothing with it. Maybe Elon Musk, who says it's more than likely we're living in a simulation, could be brought on as a consultant? Just a thought.

The first Matrix was released in 1999. Cher's "Believe" was the top song on Billboard that year. None of this is connected; we just wanted to remind you how long you've been living in this simulated reality.