Wow. Who saw this coming?
Warner Bros. is reportedly developing a reboot of “The Matrix” with “potential interest” in Michael B. Jordan starring; this is according to The Hollywood Reporter (THR).
The project is said to be in the very early stages of development with Zak Penn (“Ready Player One”) currently in talks to write a treatment for the project.
By the way, the originators of the series, “The Wachowskis,” aren’t involved in any way – at least, as of right now; although one has to assume that Warner Bros. will want to at least have the sibling duo’s well-wishes (they likely stand to earn a few dollars from any reboots one would imagine).
The studio hasn’t commented on THR’s report.
Worth noting, while promoting the recently released “John Wick: Chapter 2,” the star of the original trilogy, Keanu Reeves, said he was open to returning for another “Matrix” movie, but only if the Wachowskis were involved: “They would have to write it and direct it. And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’d be weird, but why not?” he told Yahoo Movies.
But if the THR report is eventually confirmed by the studio, it doesn’t appear that Reeves will get his *wish*, because the Wachowskis apparently won’t be involved (at least, not writing or directing), and Michael B. Jordan is of interest to Warner Bros. to star.
The first “Matrix” movie, released in the United States on March 31, 1999, grossed over $460 million worldwide. It was generally well-received by critics, and won four Academy Awards. It was added to the National Film Registry for preservation. The success of the film led to the release of two sequels, both written and directed by the Wachowskis: “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions.” Collectively, the trilogy grossed over $1.6 billion (adjusted for inflation) in global box office.
Michael B. Jordan will next be seen in 2018’s “Black Panther,” playing Erik Killmonger, the villain. He is also been attached to star in a remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair.”