The Matrix returns: Warner Bros. officially announces start of work on new installment

12:15, April 4

Warner Bros. has officially announced the start of work on a new Matrix film, this time with director Drew Goddard, whose credits include The Martian, The Cabin in the Woods, and World War Z.

Goddard has been tapped to write and direct the new Matrix feature movie, the company has announced. This will be the first Matrix film that will not directly involve creators Lana and Lilly Wachowski, although Lana will serve as an executive producer on the new installment.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, although the studio said Goddard has proposed a new approach to expanding the franchise.

“Drew came to Warner Bros. with a new idea that we all think will be an incredible way to continue the world of The Matrix while simultaneously paying homage to what Lana and Lilly started over 25 years ago and offering a unique perspective based on his own love of the film," said Warner Bros. President of Production. Motion Pictures Jesse Ehrman. “The entire team at Warner Bros. Discovery is thrilled to have Drew direct his new Matrix film, adding his vision to the cinematic canon that the Wachowskis have spent a quarter century building here at the studio.”

Released just over 25 years ago, The Matrix captured the imagination of audiences with its stunning plot, stunning special effects and Keanu Reeves' outstanding performance. The film, co-written and directed by the Wachowskis, showed how our world was a simulated reality where humans were actually used as batteries for intelligent machines, and how Neo (Keanu Reeves) was chosen to lead an uprising. The movie won Oscars for Best Visual Effects, Editing and Sound Editing.

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