As Morpheus told Neo, taking the blue pill will let you maintain the status quo so you’ll continue to live a life of illusion within the Matrix, but the blue pill? That’s a whole other deal.
It appears as if Warner Bros. is ready to pop the blue pill, with The Hollywood Reporter reporting the movie studio is looking at sending filmgoers back inside “The Matrix” with a new “relaunch” of the mind-bending 1999 sci-fi hit.
According to THR, sources claim there is “potential interest” in “Creed” actor Michael B. Jordan to star in the reboot, while Zak Penn (“The Avengers”) is in talks to write a new treatment, however he says it’s not a “reboot” or ” remake”.
“Can’t comment yet except to say that the words ‘reboot’ and ‘remake’ were from an article. Let’s stop responding to inaccurate news,” Penn posted in a series of tweets.
“How about just re-release ‘The Matrix’? Don’t reboot it, you can’t do better. Do I want to see more stories set in the universe of ‘The Matrix’? Yes. Because it’s a brilliant idea that generates great stories. Look at what people are doing with X-Men universe. Between ‘Logan’ and ‘Legion’ and ‘Deadpool’, does anyone want them to stop? Not me.”
“If I were going to recast Keanu Reeves, I would cast Keanu Reeves,” he added.
However, this new “Matrix” is still in the very early stages, and THR points out that the Wachowski siblings (who wrote and directed the original film and its two sequels) are “not involved and the nature of their potential engagement with a new version has not been determined. Certainly, Warners would want the two filmmakers to give at minimum a blessing to the nascent project. The studio had no comment.”
In addition, THR reports that Joel Silver, producer of the original, approached Warner Bros. about the idea of rebooting “The Matrix”, although his involvement going forward appears to be tenuous. “Silver sold his interest in all his movies to the studio in 2012 for about $30 million, according to sources,” claims THR, also noting that Silver “apparently has a strained relationship with the Wachowskis.”
While promoting “John Wick: Chapter 2”, original “Matrix” star Keanu Reeves admitted that he’d be open to reprising the role of Neo in a new instalment of the franchise — but only if the Wachowskis were involved. “They would have to write it and direct it,” he told Yahoo Movies. “And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’d be weird, but why not?” (THR, however, notes that “it is likely that Warners will look elsewhere to attract an A-list director and star.)
If Reeves does return, he wouldn’t be the first “Matrix” star to reprise a role from the iconic movie. Remember Laurence Fishburne playing Morpheus for a 2014 Super Bowl commercial?