The Matrix Resurrections director Lana Wachowski has revealed if the film will start a new trilogy.
When The Matrix first debuted back in 1999, it blew everyone away with its ideas, themes, and visual effects. While the second two opened to diminished critical reception, they were box office successes none the less with the third film, The Matrix Revolutions seemingly ending the story for good. That was until the late 2010s.
For years there were rumors that some kind of reboot of The Matrix was in development. Then in 2019, Warner Bros officially announced that the fourth film would be some kind of sequel to the original films. Original co-director Lilly Wachowski did not return to the film for personal reasons. Oddly enough, her sister, Lana Wachowski returned to the franchise for very similar reasons.
In a recent interview with AP Entertainment, the director broke down why it was she returned to make The Matrix Resurrections, citing a desire to tell a story about a couple being resurrected after death after the passing of her parents:
“I didn’t ever want to make another Matrix movie. I told everyone for 18 years I didn’t want to make another Matrix movie. Lilly told everyone she didn’t want to make another Matrix movie. Then I had a tragedy in my life, my parents passed away, and I needed something to help me with the grief. Inventing a story where two people come back to life was healing and comforting and I was non-judgmental, I just wrote it, and I didn’t know what I was gonna do with it, and then I read part of the story [to a colleague] and she said, ‘Oh, my God, you have to tell this story.'”
She was then asked if this film was the start of a new trilogy to which she gave a firm and disappointing answer:
You can see the full interview below:
Here is the synopsis for The Matrix Resurrections:
In a world of two realities—everyday life and what lies behind it—Thomas Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. Choice, while an illusion, is still the only way in or out of the Matrix, which is stronger, more secure and more dangerous than ever before.
Directed by Lana Wachowski from a script she co-wrote with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchel, The Matrix Resurrections stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Toby Onwumere, Eréndira Ibarra, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Andrew Caldwell, Brian J. Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
The Matrix Resurrections is currently set to hit theaters and HBO Max on December 22, 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.