It’s been 20 years since science fiction action film, The Matrix, written and directed by the Wachowskis, was released in 1999. It was a revolutionary film -- depicting a war between humans and machines -- that changed Hollywood and became a cultural phenomenon. Starring Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity, the film is based on a computer simulated virtual world called the Matrix, where humans are mentally trapped but kept alive and produce energy. The film had two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, also directed by the Wachowskis, which were released on separate dates in 2003.
The first Matrix movie earned $4.6 million worldwide while Matrix Reloaded grossed $7.4 million globally and Matrix Revolutions brought in $4.2 million from the global box office. In total, the franchise has earned more than $1.6 billion from the three films.
Now the makers have announced a fourth installment, The Matrix 4, which will be written and directed by Lana Wachowski, and will see Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss returning to the screens as Neo and Trinity, although Neo had sacrified his life in The Matrix Revolutions, in order to save the world and Trinity had also been fatally wounded and died in Neo’s arms. It remains to be seen how Neo will be be brought back from the dead via science fiction.
Aleksander Hemon (Love Island) and David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas) will be joining Lana Wachowski as writers and the movie is expected to go into production in early 2020. Announcing the new sequel, Chairman of Warner Bros. Picture Group, Toby Emmerich said, “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."