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, 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 installment 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?
Many Matrix fans took to Twitter to discuss the possibility of the reboot.
Matrix Reboot… WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! pic.twitter.com/jTSUsb4Q33
— Blow Da Cartridge (@blowdacartridge) March 15, 2017
"Warner Bros. in early talks to reboot The Matrix." pic.twitter.com/rxMy6RClzQ
— Charles Lai (@comtar) March 15, 2017
Not sure why everyone is pissed about a #Matrix TV reboot. That world has potential for some amazing storytelling. Endless possibilities.
— Ryan Griffen (@RyanJGriffen) March 15, 2017
I'm hopeful about the matrix reboot.
It might actually turn out better than what the original trilogy did TBH.
— Dr Worm (@BasedDrWorm) March 15, 2017
I'd be ok with a Matrix reboot as long as it's in the right hands.
— Wicked Ninja (@saulnipolz) March 15, 2017