Update: A representative for Chad Stahelski reached out to /Film to say that Yahoo Movies UK’s initial report was inaccurate. Stahelski’s comments were in response to a hypothetical scenario were the Wachowskis would be involved, and he did not confirm them being attached to the new film. Original reporting below:
About two months ago, the internet was all abuzz over the idea that The Matrix was getting a reboot. But Zac Penn (the screenwriter reported to be in negotiations to write the treatment for the so-called reboot) took to Twitter to suggest that there would not be a reboot, rather, that it could be a franchise extension that might explore other characters.
Now, John Wick 3 director Chad Stahelski has added a little more info to the possibility of another movie according to Yahoo Movies UK:
“I’m super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a Matrix, but they’re expanding what we all loved,” Stahelski told Yahoo Movies UK. “And if it’s anywhere near the level of what they’ve already done, it wouldn’t take more than a call to go, ‘Hey, we want you to be a stunt guy’ and I would probably go and get hit by a car.”
Surprised, we followed up by asking if the Wachowskis were directing the new film. “I’m not sure of the overall,” Stahelski replied. “I’m not sure if Lana is.”
But they’re involved? “Yeah. And if they wanted help, I would absolutely put down whatever I was doing to help them.”
Now, when compared with what Penn has said about the project, it seems like an expansion into the world of The Matrix is still what’s being discussed here, rather than a straight sequel. But of course, anything is possible. Further, we don’t know the level of involvement that The Wachowskis may have with the new film, so it could be more honorific than them handling anything specific like directing, etc.
The outlet also noted that while Matrix star Keanu Reeves has been hesitant in the past to say he would return for another Matrix movie (basically only if the Wachowskis were writing and directing, and depending on what the story was), he did say that if he was given the perfect script by the duo, “That would be a gift. I wouldn’t say no to that. Yeah.” He went on to say:
As for how Reeves would approach Neo twenty years later, the actor has a process. “I think when you get to revisit a story and continue to tell a story, you’re bringing in the past and the work that you’ve done.”
“So for me, it’s about placing the emotional state of where you are into who the character is. How do they feel? How do they think? And then putting on the suit if the costume really becomes the exterior that you fill in.”
So it all depends on how you read the tea leaves here, but the bottom line does seem to be that something Matrix-y is coming at least — let us know in the comments if you were like to see a direct sequel, a reboot, or a new story set in the same world.