It’s a big day for fans of “The Matrix” as Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed that Lana Wachowski, the co-creator of the original installment, is set to write, direct and produce an all-new film for the franchise. The movie will once again return audiences to the reality-bending universe showcased in the first three films, and Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will star in the movie, reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film. The announcement was made today by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.”
“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now,” said Wachowski. “I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.” Wachowski is producing the film together with Grant Hill. The screenplay is by Wachowski, Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.
The three films in the franchise, “The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” and “The Matrix Revolutions,” made over $1.6B at the global box office and were all top-10 domestic hits in their respective years of release. “The Matrix Revolutions” was also the first film ever to release simultaneously in every major country at the same hour around the world.
In celebration of the film’s special 20th-anniversary this year, screenings of “The Matrix” are being held at select AMC Theatres locations across the U.S., starting August 30.
Wachowski is represented by WME, Circle of Confusion and attorney Peter Grossman. Reeves is represented by WME and Ziffren Brittenham. Moss is represented by WME, longtime manager Elizabeth Hodgson and attorney Bob Lange.
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