Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss set to return for The Matrix 4
Big news for fans of The Matrix this morning as Warner Bros. confirm that a fourth movie in the franchise is definitely happening – and Keanu Reeves is set to star once again.
Both Reeves and co-star Carrie-Anne Moss are set to reprise their roles in a fourth Matrix movie, which will be written, directed and produced by one of the film's original co-creators, Lana Wachowski.
Rumours about a fourth Matrix film have been circulating since as far back as 2017, when reports stated that Warner Bros. were in the “early stages” of developing a new instalment in the franchise. However, new on that front had been scarce until the announcement by the studio, who say they are “thrilled” that Wachowski is returning to write and direct, with Warner Bros. Pictures chairman Toby Emmerich adding that the studio “could not be more excited” about the franchise's return.
It's no wonder, really; The Matrix was a huge hit on its initial release in 1999, raking in £1.3 billion at the box office and spawning two sequels – The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both of which appeared in 2003.
Ms. Wachowski said in a statement that the themes of the original film are “even more relevant now” than when the film was originally released, adding that she is “very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends." Wachowski's co-writers on the new film are Alexander Hemon and Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell.
There's no release date as yet and no details of what the film's plot might include, but the film is expected to go into production in 2020, meaning that a release date is likely to be 2021 at the earliest.