The Matrix is, apparently, still online. Variety reports that a fourth feature in the beloved sci-fi franchise is in the works, and unlike previously rumored projects, this one can boast the return of both stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss along with one-half of the series’ original sibling filmmaking duo, with Lana Wachowski set to write and direct the feature.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement on Tuesday.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Emmerich in a statement to Variety. “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.”
The film’s script has also been written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Wachowski will produce the film with Grant Hill. Variety reports that soruces say the film will likely begin production in early 2020.
Over the course of the three previous “Matrix” films —“The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” and “The Matrix Revolutions” — the franchise pulled in more than $1.6 billion at the global box office. All three films were written and directed by Lana and her sister, Lilly, and starred Reeves and Moss.