Rumor: Is a New MATRIX Trilogy in Development?

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We live in a box office climate dominated by sequels, reboots, and remakes.  A known property is a much safer bet for a studio than an original film, and even when one original idea somehow makes it through the pipeline and proves to be a massive success (eg. Inception), it’s singled out as an anomaly rather than incentive to generate more original properties.  As such, the major studios are always on the hunt for ways to reboot or extend franchises, and if a new report is to be believed, one such property destined for a kickstart just might be a new trilogy of The Matrix films.  Hit the jump to read on.

the-matrix-keanu-reeves-carrie-anne-mossThe folks over at Latino Review are reporting that writers/directors Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski are currently developing a new trilogy of Matrix films, with treatments and outlines already being handed into the studio.  Whether these new movies will be sequels or prequels is unclear, as is whether they’ll also be directed by the Wachowski Siblings.  However, it’s important to take all of this news with a grain of salt.  LR’s track record has been spotty as of late, so there’s no telling whether the Wachowski Siblings are actively working on a trilogy of Matrix films or if this is nothing more than a rumor gone awry.  Personally, I think this all sounds rather dubious.

That being said, it’s not hard to imagine Warner Bros. being keen on more Matrix films.  The studio has been loyal to the Wachowskis for years, but the brother/sister duo’s post-Matrix films Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas, although excellent, have failed to catch the same amount of box office success.  They’re aiming high with this summer’s Jupiter Ascending, another large-scale sci-fi/adventure pic much more in the vein of The Matrix than their other recent features, but who knows whether audiences will turn out for something so wholly original (not to mention weird) in a box office climate dominated by explosions and deadly serious superheroes.

The original Matrix film was a groundbreaking work of science-fiction in 1999, and though its two sequels failed to live up to the same creative heights as the first pic, there was something admirably ambitious about where the Wachowskis took the franchise in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.  Do we need another Matrix movie?  Probably not, but if anyone can make the prospect of a new trilogy enticing it’s the involvement of the Wachowski Siblings themselves.  Hopefully this rumor can be cleared up one way or another soon.

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  • grapes9h5

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Please let this not happen.

    And I actually liked the original sequels, for what they were (parts of them still make me want to shoot myself, and not the parts you’d think).

    • Lovecraftlives

      Maybe Prequels, so we can see how the machine took over the world and then see the first anomalies. Yes, Animatrix sort of covers this, but it might be cool to see an actual film on this subject.

      • Leo Spaceman

        I was thinking that it could be about the machines literally rebooting the Matrix.

        The Matrix: Rebooted

      • Lovecraftlives

        That still could take place before the original films, because we do find out that the machines have changed the Matrix before. It was mentioned in the first film as well.

  • Calcazone

    This rumor already happened a couple of years ago, except last time it was 2 movies in 3D.

  • i AN LEGEND

    Why not…

  • NICK НΛRT

    didn’t we have this same rumor like 2 or 3 years ago? and it’s coming from latino review..

  • JBug

    Matrix is still in my top ten. I hate Latino Review. @collider if you’re going to report something from LR, put in the heading so I know to ignore it.

  • Armond White is my master now

    Come on! Everybody and his neighbour knows Latino Review is The National Enquirer of the news websites! I’d take this with a TON of salt…

    • Mezmero

      You know stories break in the tabloids,then the mainstream media takes it like it was their exclusive.
      They’ve been right on more occasion so a grain is reasonable.

    • Keyser Soze

      If LR is the National Enquirer what is Collider? Cuz for gawds sake, since they’ve been in the studio pocket, when is the last time they broke anything?

  • James

    Nope. Jupiter Ascending is just The Fifth Element with Alice in Wonderland, Star Wars, and The Matrix. Again. Google dictionary “Wholly original”. I mean I know it’s clearly a slow movie news day but the wachowskis haven’t been worth the hype since the first matrix, which was also ripped off from many things, and the rest is derivative. Stop championing mediocrity attempting to disguise itself as “groundbreaking” just cause channing tatum is fucking wolf-man.

    • cas

      there is no new thing under the sun.

      everything is a remix…. which is also an ok movie on the subject.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coGpmA4saEk

      deal with it.

    • cas

      there is no new thing under the sun.

      everything is a remix…. which is also an ok movie on the subject.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coGpmA4saEk

      deal with it.

      • Sarah

        So you’re definition of “so wholly original” is a synonym of “remix”. Fuck off.

      • Truth Unvarnished

        cas is right. Name something “wholly original” and I’ll tell you what it took inspiration, or even outright stole, from.

        The original Matrix is a great movie. Anyone pretending to dismiss it as “derivative” is a pompous faux cineaste.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Mother of God! No. Just no.

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    I’m sorry, but Cloud Atlas was terrible. I’m all down for more Matrix movies, though. I always thought that the second and third movies would have made a better 4th and 5th. There should have been two movies after the first that just dealt with the dangers and glory of being in the Matrix. I wasn’t too keen on all the scenes that took place in the future/ outside the Matrix.

  • herpderp

    Well at one hand, I dont want to encourage sequels, remakes, and reboots but I feel like the Matrix had such potential wasted by the sequels that I wouldnt mind another login to the matrix. I wonder if the black leather and trenchcoat style would still be “cool” for audiences today.

  • God’s Diamond

    Maybe wb sees that Jupiter is shaping up to be another flop and are telling the wachowski to go back to the well or they won’t fund anymore of their flicks

  • TigerFIST

    I’m cool with. I also thought Adam that I was the only person on the planet that love SPEED RACER. One of my favs. A perfect 10

  • junierizzle

    I don’t buy it. On another note, remakes aren’t exactly guaranteed hits either. For every Spider-Man there are movies like: The A-team, Footloose, Fame, Fright Night, Total Recall, Carrie, RoboCop–to name a few– didn’t exactly blow up the Box Office.

  • Scullibundo

    Will you guys stop partaking in the same shallow and shady click-bait practices as Latino Review? When you run with their bullshit, you’re just as culpable for shitty journalism as they are.

  • Strong Enough

    they should have explored this world more

  • Person

    PLEASE LET THIS HAPPEN. AS long as the Wachowskis are involved, I’m down with whatever they cook up.

  • The Flobbit

    All I needed to see was Latino Review. Those guys have all the credibility of a drunk sailor. They’re desperate for the fame.

  • YodaRocks

    If they can make Spiderman again, then why not Matrix?

  • Mike

    “Do we need another Matrix movie? Probably not…”

    You can say that about 90% of all movies that come out. If a film is well-made, I’m all for it. You’re just assuming it will suck… and unfortunately, you’re probably right.

  • Alan Parker

    I just don’t see how you can stretch a prequel into 3 movies? Because there’s not that much story involved in telling about the rise of the machine empire so you already know they’d just end up desperately stretching it out.

    • Person

      Stretch a prequel into three movies? Meet the Hobbit.

  • Liderc

    While I don’t trust Latino Review and think reporting from them is just as bad as the site themselves, I would be interested in seeing a prequel.

    Seeing how the machines took over would be interesting and seeing the other “One” would be cool.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    Matrix is is a dead horse that everybody should stop beating.

  • LEM

    The first Matrix movie was amazing and came out at the perfect time to also make it culturally relevant but every attempt after that was just to wring out every last drop of money they could from the audience they acquired.

  • Dan

    I do think third Matrix could use some editing (like special edition) Just don’t over do it. I also think Star Wars 1, 2, and 3 need a lot of editing. (But that’s a different discussion)

  • Bronson

    Wachowski’s need to make Akira or a Space Ninja Science Team Gatchaman movie.

  • Spanky

    Is it possible to stop calling them the Wachowski ‘Siblings’? Just reference them as the Wachowski’s

  • Wallace Morrison

    Well, we know there were other NEOs before NEO. Keanu could reprise his role again as one of HIM before he was who he is was.

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