For any fans wondering whether The Matrix would ever get a fourth movie, the news was confirmed this week.

Lana Wachowski has been tapped to write and direct a third sequel to the sci-fi action franchise, which began with The Matrix in 1999 and continued with 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are set to return for their respective roles of Neo and Trinity. Production for the fourth film is set to begin early next year.


Wachowski and her sister Lilly Wachowski co-wrote and directed all three films in the Matrix trilogy.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and distribute the fourth film in the franchise. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich released a statement saying he is “excited” to collaborate again with Lana Wachowski on the new project.

“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.”

David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon will also serve as screenwriters for Matrix 4, which does not yet have an official title.

The franchise is set in a dystopian future follows Reeves’ Neo, a man who finds the human race trapped in an alternate universe known as “The Matrix.” Along with Trinity, Neo fights to battle an evil man named Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburneand a team of secret agents. The trilogy famously dealt with themes pertaining to the mind, virtual reality and war machines and featured slowed-down fight sequences.

According to Variety, it remains unknown who will play Morpheus in the next Matrix film, although the outlet said the part may be recast with a younger actor portraying the character.

In recent years, Reeves has become the face of another action film franchise: the John Wick trilogy. The Canadian actor also voiced a character in this summer’s Toy Story 4 and had a cameo in the recent Netflix romantic comedy film Always Be My Maybe. 

AMC Theaters recently said it would celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Matrix movie with week-long screenings starting August 30.


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