The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Warner Bros. is in the early stages of developing a relaunch of the iconic 1999 sci-fi film The Matrix.
The 1999 film had us following Thomas A. Anderson, a seamlessly average computer programmer that worked as a computer hacker known by the name of Neo. When he’s contacted by the legendary hacker named Morpheus, he finds himself targeted by police. As Neo finally comes face to face with Morpheus, he wakes up in the real world….a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity has been captured by a race of machines that live off humans and who imprison their minds in an artificial reality known as the Matrix.
The film cost the studio $63m to make and became a box office smash, making over $463m worldwide and result in two sequels, Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions. The article states that sources tell them that there’s a potential interest in attaching Michael B. Jordan to star in the project but there’s still much work to be done before we reach the casting stage as Zak Penn is in talks to pen the treatment for the reboot.
It’s also worth noting in the report that at this time, the Wachowski’s, Andy and Larry, are currently not involved in the developing stage, though the studio would hope for their blessing on the project.
Personally the idea of rebooting The Matrix franchise in theory could be a blessing for the studio as the concept can work on multiple story angles (e.g. The Animatrix) and if they could outside of the original trilogy, I’ll be all for it. If they end up deciding to take the so-called standard routine and turn the development stage into a flat out remake, then there is going to be a lot of irritated fans of the film out there.