After months of speculation, it's finally been confirmed: Matrix 4 is a go.
Not only has the fourth film in the big-budget science-fiction franchise been given the green light, but star Keanu Reeves is returning as Christ-like saviour Neo. Carrie-Anne Moss is also reprising her role as Trinity, while original writer and director Lana Wachowski is back behind the camera.
"We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana," said Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich. "Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe."
The original Matrix was a box office smash about robots enslaving the human race, helping resurrect Reeves' career and introducing moviegoers to "bullet time," a visual effect that's often been replicated but few would say have ever been bettered. The success of the film resulted in two sequels, 2003's The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, although neither film lived up to the critical acclaim of the first.
Wachowski is producing the film together with Grant Hill from a screenplay she wrote with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Wachowski discussed she is excited about adding to the mythology of the franchise.
"Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends."
While there's no official word on when the film will be released, it's believed production will begin next year. Fingers crossed Laurence Fishburne returns in some capacity.