The iconic science fiction film The Matrix is returning with its fourth installment with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively.
Lana Wachowski, who created the cult favourite franchise with her sister Lilly, will return as writer-director of the film, variety.com reported. Her sister’s participation in the project is not known or clear yet.
In addition to Lana, the script was also written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.
“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Wachowski said in a statement.
The Matrix created by the Wachowski sisters is a classic epitome of cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction. The film franchise is about a small team which fights a desperate war against artificial intelligence (AI) that has enslaved humanity in an extremely advanced virtual reality system.
The iconic trilogy is by far one of the most important films of the last 20 years. It re-defined action and motion, dystopian setting, virtual reality and special effects in cinema.
2019 also marks the iconic film’s 20th anniversary, and the announcement of its reprisal came as a much-awaited surprise.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce the film. Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement on Wednesday, reported variety.com.
Warner Bros. has been trying to get back The Matrix Universe for the last couple of years but a hold-up of producing rights had slowed down the process.
Plot details are under wraps and so is how the role of Morpheus, originally played by Lawrence Fishburne, will be handled.
The three previous franchise films collectively grossed more than $ 1.6 billion at the box office and were written-directed by the Wachowski sisters.
The fourth film is expected to begin rolling in 2020.