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Ever since the announcement this week that there would be another version of The Matrix, there’s been a huge split of feelings about the new film that’s rumored to have Michael B. Jordan attached to it. Some fans are excited and some are frankly appalled at the idea of a reboot. However, a complete reboot of the original rumors have been quelled by screenwriter Zak Penn who assured fans that the new movies would be additional stories, not retelling of the old. After all, The Matrix Revolutions is only 14 years old. We’re also not sure whether or not Lilly
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- Nat Berman
Earlier this week, we wrote that Warner Bros. was making some rumblings about bringing the Matrix franchise—which hasn’t had a new entry since 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions—back to life. At the time, the word being used to describe the new project, potentially penned by screenwriter Zak Penn, was a “reboot,” mostly because entertainment writers are as susceptible to computer puns as anybody else.
Wading into the morass of reboots, remakes, relaunches, reimaginings, and re-etc’s that surround any attempt to breathe life into a moribund franchise these days, Penn got on Twitter yesterday to clarify that he has no intention of recreating (ah, there’s another one) one of the most beloved science-fiction franchises of the last 20 years.
All I can say at this point is no one could or should Reboot the Matrix. People who know Animatrix and the comics understand.
— Zak Penn (@zakpenn »
- William Hughes
It seems like every single day we’re writing about the next big reboot, remake, or sequel. Either that, or we’re talking about the concept of reboots, remakes, or sequels. Heck, just yesterday, we posted a story on writer/director Joss Whedon’s feelings on us currently living in an age where every single property that’s ever existed is fair game to pick back up, dust off, and repackage (his quote is addressed further in this article). It’s how the industry thrives. When marketing to mass consumers, studios have learned that attaching a familiar name is a surefire way to get more butts in seats.
While this seems like an awful atmosphere for creativity, we can’t dismiss the entire industry. There have been dozens and dozens of classics that have been made as a result of this trend. Without this trend, the Marvel Cinematic Universe wouldn’t be a thing. »
- Joseph Medina
Update: Details added regarding a potential writer's room near the end.
Even though we live in an era where practically every film franchise under the sun is likely to get a remake, reboot, or sequel at any given moment. You may think that your favorite movie, book, or series is safe, but no, it’s not. Nothing is safe in Tinsel Town. When Ben-Hur is a movie that gets remade, you really know that nothing is sacred. The same goes for the Matrix films. The first one was a huge testament of innovative filmmaking, unique ideas, and layering big ideas under the skin of a popcorn flick.
The Matrix showed that with the perfect mix of thriller, intrigue, action, and philosophy, you can make a film rise above expectations. Sadly, with its sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, it also proved that delving too deep into a mystery »
- Joseph Medina
Dear Warner Bros.,
Look, we see where you’re coming from. All the cool kids are doing it — reviving their IP to create new franchises for new generations. And yes, if a woman was nine months pregnant when she watched the seminal sci-fi action film written and directed by the Wachowskis, her kid would now be graduating from high school. So it’s not exactly shocking that, almost exactly 18 years after the first film’s release, reports emerge that you’re laying the groundwork to relaunch “The Matrix.”
The Wachowskis aren’t currently involved. It’s unclear if they will be. But if you’re planning to revive “The Matrix” without the Wachowskis — well, that’s completely insane.
We know that in the current cultural landscape, those who believe old titles and premises should be left alone are increasingly viewed as Luddites. We know it looks so, so tempting — the franchise grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
“The Matrix” franchise has been through a lot. It saw a major studio take a chance on two rising filmmakers — Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski — to make an ambitious sci-fi movie, and they were rewarded with a global box office phenomenon. Two bloated, pretty terrible sequels followed, “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions,” not to mention an anime-inspired anthology, “The Animatrix,” which kept the brand going, along with video games too, but these followups didn’t have the same innovation as the first film.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Warner Bros. are reportedly plotting a return to The Matrix. According to sources, the studio is looking to go ahead with another ‘Matrix’ movie without the Wachowskis, the writer/ directors of the original trilogy. The Matrix reboot is a while off though if any such major plans exist to revive this $1.6 billion franchise.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the potential plans, and the word on the street is that they’ve already brought Zak Penn (Ready Player One, Last Action Hero, X-Men: The Last Stand) on board to write the screenplay for the film, with Michael B. Jordan in the lead role.
According to the trade, this may not be a direct reboot, with the film possibly looking to expand the existing universe »
- Paul Heath
Out and about on the promotional rounds for his hit action sequel John Wick: Chapter 2, Keanu Reeves has been chatting to Yahoo! Movies about whether he’d be open to reprising the role of Neo for a fourth Matrix movie.
“The Wachowskis would have to be involved,” said Reeves. “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?”
Neo was of course killed at the conclusion of the third movie The Matrix Revolutions, but as Reeves went on to note, “People die, people in stories don’t.”
Would you like to see Reeves reuniting with the Wachowskis for a fourth Matrix film? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
Legendary hitman John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control »
- Gary Collinson
“Will we ever see him again?” A curious Sati asked at the tail-end of The Matrix Revolutions, to which The Oracle (Mary Alice) replied: “I suspect so. Someday.” It’s been more than a decade since Keanu Reeves last donned Neo’s signature black sunglasses and waged war against the machines, but there remains a sliver of hope that the Hollywood veteran could one day reprise the iconic role if the stars were to align.
Yahoo Movies caught up with Reeves recently in anticipation of John Wick: Chapter 2 (our review), in which the actor reprises his role as death’s ruthless emissary. Pummelling goons and racking up an astronomical body count is one thing, but what about the possibility of re-teaming with the Wachowskis for The Matrix 4? It’s not off the table, according to Reeves, but the actor did stress that both Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski would »
- Michael Briers
The Matrix Revolutions isn't a particularly good movie, but it does do a few things that stand it apart from the majority of franchise wannabe-blockbusters. For one thing, the people of colour all survive - and do so by making peace with, rather than completely overwhelming by military force, the machine army. It's also notable for being one of the few trilogy cappers that kills its lead character. Neo confronts the machine world in the third act of Revolutions, fights about a bajillion Agent Smiths in a Superman-inspired battle over Matrix City, is absorbed into Smith's hive mind, and then transcends that programming and "dies" - but probably more accurately, becomes the Matrix itself. (Colour cue: the Matrix, which had been tinted monochrome green throughout...
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Writethru, 11:20 Am Monday: Universal Pictures’ Fifty Shades Darker opened to less than the estimated $100 million-plus take with a $97.7M international debut, the fourth-biggest opening ever for an R-rated film behind its predecessor Fifty Shade Of Grey, Deadpool and The Matrix Revolutions. And it’s headed into Valentine’s Day tomorrow in Europe and elsewhere which should give it an extra kick mid-week. If you look at just three-day weekend numbers, it was the China bow… »
It was the best weekend at the 2017 box office so far, led by WB's The Lego Batman Movie along with fellow newcomers Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick: Chapter Two topping the box office in that order. But along with the new releases, five of the weekend's holdovers, especially Lion, held on extremely well, dropping 35% or less compared to last weekend. Overall the weekend top twelve came in just a fraction below our overall expectation of $180 million as the top twelve combined for an estimated $176.9 million. At #1, WB's second film in their Lego franchise, The Lego Batman Movie, delivered an estimated $55.6 million, which is well below Mojo's forecast and even a bit below the $60 million the studio was expecting. However, opening day audiences gave the film a strong "A-" CinemaScore, which plays well with the strong critical reception the film received. Of that audience, 48% were males vs. 52% females and 48% were »
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In John Wick: Chapter 2, Keanu Reeves reprises his role as the eponymous master assassin for another round of insane gun play and gritty violence that puts him in the path of a brutal crime lord named The Bowery King, played by Laurence Fishburne.
The casting of Reeves' Matrix co-star was great news for action fans across the world, who are excited to see the pair reunite on the big screen for the first time since The Matrix Revolutions came out in 2003.
Recently, Et's Courtney Tezeno sat down with Reeves and Fishburne at a press junket for their new action epic to get the inside story on this long-awaited reunion came together.
"I was at his house and we were talking, catching up," Reeves recounted. "He was saying that he really liked John Wick and I said, 'Oh you do »
It's fairly common for the Honest Trailers team to revisit an original movie, the week before a sequel arrives, to get fans ready for the follow-up. This week's Honest Trailer delves into the 2014 cult classic John Wick, just days before the highly-anticipated sequel John Wick 2 hits theaters on February 10. While these Honest Trailers are often heavy on the negativity, this is one of the few Honest Trailers that doesn't tear the movies to shreds, not too much, at least.
The Screen Junkies crew debuted this new video today, which begins with a tagline that is a bit too long, but still hilarious nonetheless: "They stole his car. They killed his dog. Now he's gonna kill 76 people, who worked for the dad of the kid who killed it." For those who still haven't seen the original John Wick yet, it's a rather thorough description of this throwback action movie, with »
While fans still have to wait nine more days until John Wick 2 hits theaters, the stars all converged on Los Angeles last night for the world premiere of this action-packed sequel. The movie itself already serves as a reunion for Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne after playing Neo and Morpheus in the 1999 blockbuster The Matrix and its subsequent sequels, but the premiere added one more to the reunion. While she doesn't have a role in the film, Carrie-Anne Moss, who played Trinity in The Matrix trilogy, stopped by to support her former co-stars, and round out this Matrix "trinity" of stars, so to speak.
The photo was posted last night on the official Twitter account for John Wick: Chapter 2, showcasing the stars reuniting on the "black carpet." There has already been talk of John Wick 3, with director Chad Stahelski recently teasing that Lionsgate has asked him and writer »
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16 items from 2017
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