Bend your spoons and shelve your pills, folks: The Matrix 4 is officially in development with Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and original director Lana Wachowski all set to return.
Variety reports the fourth film in The Matrix saga, which catapulted Reeves’ career towards box office greatness and spawned a legion of imitators, will enter production next year.
Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively, while Wachowski will step behind the camera for her first flick since 2015’s Jupiter Ascending.
In a statement, Wachowski said “Many of the ideas [sister and The Matrix co-director] Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now.
“I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”
While 1999’s The Matrix was a groundbreaking interpretation of the nascent internet and the power of artificial intelligence, the fourth film in the franchise comes after, well, endless leaks of sensitive user data and constant online manipulation.
With any luck, the flick will be produced in Australia, just like the original, and the folks in charge can shoehorn Hugo Weaving back into his role as Agent Smith.
The screenplay is by Wachowski, along with writer Aleksander Hemon and Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell, who previously lent his work to the Wachowskis for a big-screen adaptation.
Fuck, I’m chuffed on this.
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