I won’t have it any other way - The Matrix is one of the greatest action films ever made. It’s intelligent, original and the action sequences are second-to-none - it’s really good.
As such, I feel like a reboot might be a good idea - a chance to expand on the universe the first one created, while hopefully atoning for the lesser second and third movies. And screenwriter Zak Penn (funny, innit, his name is ‘pen’) thinks so too.
In an interview with ScreenRant, he talked about what we might expect from a new installment into the franchise, and his plans to get the ball rolling:
“I’ve been working on Matrix right now. Which is in… a phase right now. That’s a franchise I desperately want to see brought back and, I can’t go in to too much detail, but I’ve been harassing Warner Bros. for years to try to get it going again so that’s one thing I’m working on and I’ve been working on a bunch of other things too.”
He then talked about the similarities between The Matrix and Ready Player One, which he co-wrote with Ernest Cline:
“I think OASIS (the virtual space in Ready Player One) is similar. Both the Matrix and OASIS are similar in that they are brilliant ideas for universes…
“When it came out about The Matrix, people were like ‘Oh no, they’re going to reboot The Matrix’ I was like, ‘Why? I’m not insane.’
“I mean, The Matrix is still one of my favourites. They’d re-release The Matrix and people would go see it.”
So essentially what we’re looking at here is more of a side-quel, less of a remake/reboot/re-imagining/re-Beebies. Taking the universe as a stage in which to set a different story, potentially not even featuring Neo or any of his mates - I’d say this was the best way forward, if you ask me. Which you aren’t, because what do I know?
I KNOW THAT WE’RE ALL LIVING IN A COMPUTER SIMULATION, THAT’S FOR SURE.