Zak Penn Clarifies Why His ‘The Matrix’ Project Is Not A Reboot

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Screenwriter Zak Penn (The Avengers) has previously stated that we shouldn’t think of the new The Matrix project that he’s writing as a reboot. Today, he took to Twitter to hint at what it really is – and his wording suggests that we might be getting an anthology of sorts.

Penn first started a short Twitter thread clarifying, again, that the script he’s working on is not a reboot. More interestingly, he also noted that it’s not a follow-up to Neo’s story, but another tale telling a story set in the universe:

The Animatrix is – as the name implies – an anime anthology of short movies concerning the nature of the Matrix itself, but the stories told within don’t concern themselves with any of the main characters. In the meantime, the comics had a similar approach, but featured more out-there concepts as well. So given that the movie isn’t a reboot and it’s not a sequel, it can be safe to imagine that the project is a one-off of sorts that might lead into other potential spin-offs, akin to what Star Wars recently did with Rogue One. It’s also possible that, like The Animatrix, the movie could tell multiple short stories in a feature-length timespan.

Penn also noted that the project he’s working on is still very early in development, and that they’re not anywhere near ready to begin pre-production on the movie just yet:

While it’s certainly possible that an official sequel to The Matrix Revolutions will be made (should this spin-off do well), Penn is making it clear that this project is not that, but it’s own thing altogether. The setting lends itself to experimentation by its nature of being a massive simulation, so the sky is effectively the limit with this franchise.

Zak Penn’s untitled Matrix movie has not been given a release date.

10 Ways ‘The Matrix’ Reboot Might Actually Be Good

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This week, it was revealed that Warner Bros. is in the process of developing a The Matrix reboot.

“What?!? Why?!? Is Anything Sacred?!?”

These are all questions and comments made since the announcement of a possible reboot of the classic sci-fi franchise. In a world of endless remakes/reboots, this is the one original film that many thought would remain untouched. The first film was considered bold, visionary, and an instant classic. The film changed the game in regards to blending philosophy, action, story, and countless other things to make it one of a kind. While the two sequels –The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions — were not as well received as the first film, they are still revered.

However, it was a cash cow for Warner Bros, literally printing money, so the possibility of it ending with just three films was always on the mind. It’s a franchise that had its own comics, animation movie, and video game, so the appetite is there for more of this world. So, now that a reboot is on the horizon (although it has its detractors), it might not possibly be a bad thing. Here are a few ways that a reboot might be a good idea for The Matrix franchise.

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.