THE MATRIX Reboot Writer Says "No One Could or Should Reboot THE MATRIX"
A couple days ago the crazy, unexpected news hit that Warner Bros. was looking to reboot The Matrix. It never even crossed my mind at the time that anyone would ever attempt to reboot The Matrix, and it sounds like maybe that's not the plan for the franchise after all.
In the initial announcement, we learned that The Incredible Hulk screenwriter Zak Penn would write a story treatment for the film. After he saw The Matrix fans respond negatively to the news of the reboot, he took to Twitter to set the record straight:
"All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT the Matrix. People who know Animatrix and the comics understand. Can't comment yet except to say that the words 'reboot' and 'remake' were from an article. Let's stop responding to inaccurate news. If I were going to recast Keanu Reeves, I would cast Keanu Reeves."
In his comment, he brings up the Animatrix anime anthology film. In case you don't know, that's a compilation of nine animated short films that detail the backstory of the Matrix universe, including the original war between man and machines that led to the creation of the Matrix. He also brings up the comics.
This could mean several different things. It could mean that the new Matrix film will be a prequel to The Matrix; or it could be a spinoff; a continuation of the story; or a completely different story with different characters set in the same universe.
One thing this statement makes clear is that the events that took place in the original Matrix trilogy will be a part of the mythology of whatever Warner Bros. and their creative team are planning. The one thing that I'm hoping for is that Reeves will make a comeback as Neo. I'd be cool with that.