There have been rumours of a new Matrix movie recently, but what's really going on?
Before John Wick, there was Neo. Keanu Reeves landed the central role of the chosen one in 1999's The Matrix and reprised the role in two subsequent sequels — The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Although fans and audiences felt that the films dipped in quality as the narrative and lore expanded, the Matrix trilogy still boasts a large and significant cult following.
Lana and Lilly Wachowski - formerly dubbed the Wachowski brothers - are incredibly ambitious filmmakers; there's simply no disputing that. However, many feel that they've been in decline ever since The Matrix pushed the very limits of what could be explored on screen. The level of craft that these two displayed back in 1999 is staggering, and even today it's considered one of the most revolutionary films of the nineties. Admittedly, the sequels were similarly ambitious, but the convoluted story and overindulgence proved to alienate most general audiences.
Since then, we have seen them tackle such projects as Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending, both of which are very grand in scope. They've never really disassociated themselves with their famous trilogy in the eyes of fans though; despite its escalation, even the sequels cast a shadow over their more recent work. Despite this, it was still shocking to hear the rumours that they may be returning to work on a new instalment.
ScreenRant, along with many others, reported that John Wick director Chad Stahelshki claimed the Wachowski's were working on a new Matrix project. However, the same source confirms that one of Stahelski's representatives has put the discussion to sleep; he says that the director's comments were purely hypothetical, and in no way confirm project in the pipeline.
This has quickly dismissed any rumours which subsequently surfaced in wake of the faux announcement. Is it a shame? Honestly, a fourth instalment - whether a spin-off or a direct sequel - really doesn't feel necessary, as the Wachowskis concluded their trilogy long ago and clearly have the imagination to pursue new and refreshing projects.
Who knows though, maybe one day Neo will resurface. In the meantime, we're happy to kick back and enjoy Reeves in the super-violent and hyper-stylised John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, which arrives in UK cinemas May 15.
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