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Rumor: The Wachowskis Prepping New 'The Matrix' Trilogy

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 28, 2014 4:54 PM
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The Matrix

When Keanu Reeves picked the red pill in "The Matrix," he kicked off an adventure that became bigger than anyone could have imagined. Not only did the Wachowskis' breakout 1999 blockbuster become a massive hit, it spawned a huge franchise with two (pretty bad and borderline-incomprehensible) sequels, video games and anime prequels. It was a major a pop culture phenomenon and if these reports are true, Warner Bros. wants the world to plug back in.

Latino Review is reporting that the Wachowskis are already at work on treatments and outlines for a new trilogy of Matrix films. Whoa! But hold up, these will apparently be prequels, and won't take into consideration the stories created for "The Animatrix." Warner Bros. apparently wants these movies ready so they can slug it out with "Avatar" and "Star Wars" in 2017. There are no other details, though LR say "one of the early outlines was about the birth of the Matrix."

Again, this is a rumor, so treat it as such, but there is some logic behind the idea that WB would want to give new life to one of their most valuable franchises. And certainly, after "Cloud Atlas" and "Speed Racer," the goodwill and big budgets the Wachowskis are still able to get may be running out (especially if "Jupiter Ascending" tanks). Thoughts? Let's just hope there are no rave scenes this time.

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  • consciousnessgeneral | March 3, 2014 8:46 PMReply

    wow dude you really said the matrix sequals were bad LOL. #noob

  • Jamiah | March 2, 2014 4:49 PMReply

    How can they plan a trilogy on a franchise that the brothers were convicted of stealing? Or rather I should say, they lost the plagiarism court case. (Or did they only steal the original Matrix?)

  • LA2000 | March 2, 2014 1:07 AMReply

    What they should do is go back and thoroughly "re-imagine" the sequels so that they live up to the potential offered by the first film. Not just a director's cut, they should streamline the cut, develop and execute new sequences digitally, and basically use 20/20 hindsight to revise the sequels so that they are actually entertaining and work. Yes, I am actually suggesting that Warner Bros./Village Roadshow should pay everyone to go back in for 60 days and fix that hot mess.

    Those monstrosities are an anchor around the Matrix brand and until someone figures out a way to erase them from history (or fix them), any future Matrix sequels will be unable to monetize the full potential of the series.

  • JOHN | March 1, 2014 1:32 PMReply

    haters gonna hate

  • Kaleb | March 1, 2014 12:24 AMReply

    I really don't underpaid why people say the sequels were bad? :s

  • jorge carreon | February 28, 2014 9:15 PMReply

    The fact that "you"didn't understand the sequels doesn't mean they're incomprehensible, let alone bad. You are entitled to your opinion, of course, anf if you didn't like them it "is" ok, but it is as clear that the Wachowskis don't give a shit about what critics think about them, and for that I'm thankful, so they can continue making great films like cloud atlas for me to love and for you to loathe.

  • gg | March 7, 2014 8:24 PM

    Agreed Jorge, haters gonna hate. The Matrix Trilogy is one of the deepest, most mind-blowing experiences of any film. It just goes deeper and deeper the further one looks. For example, the scene where Neo is in the training program with the woman in the red dress? They are surrounded by twins and triplets. Why? The Wachowskis wanted to portray Mouse (the character that wrote the training program Neo's in) as a lazy programmer that would just 'copy/paste' individuals in the program. Its that level of detail, and there are many, many of them in these films, that makes me excited/nervous about the new trilogy. gg

  • evilstuie | March 2, 2014 4:46 AM

    Exactly, just because you're too stupid to follow a storyline, doesn't make in incomprehensible, it just makes you stupid. Perhaps don't write about something you don't understand, instead of assuming it's your god given right to broadcast your misinformed opinions.

    And if I hear "reimagining" one more time I'm going to build a clock tower in Hollywood so I can climb it and start taking shots and directors.
    I don't want someone else's idea of how they think the story should be, either build from what is there, or make your own movie without riding on the coattails of another movie for a $$$ attached to the trademark.

  • don | March 1, 2014 3:45 PM

    Cloud Atlas sucked balls. like your taste in movies.

  • Diana Maclay | February 28, 2014 9:30 PM

    I agree 100% with this comment.

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