“Matrix” fans can rejoice as Warner Bros. studios officially announced that the fourth installment of the successful film franchise will begin filming in 2020.
According to Variety, Lana Wachowski is set to write and direct “Matrix 4” with the film’s stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the big announcement on Tuesday.
“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.”
Sources say the film is set to begin production during the start of 2020, 21 years after the release of “The Matrix”.
The fourth installment comes after Warner Bros. tried for the last of couple years to get a greenlight on part four. Due to production rights, the project was slowed down. But after Reeves strong summer in the box office with “John Wick 3” and “Toy Story 4”, it was only a matter of time before he returned to his most notable role as Neo.
No details on the film’s plot or if Laurence Fishburne will return as Morpheus, but sources say the role may be recast for a younger take, Variety reports. The three previous films —“The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” collectively earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office.
“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.
The first “Matrix” had its 20th anniversary this year.