Since its release in 1999, The Matrix has become renowned as a classic of the sci-fi genre, and not even two less than stellar sequels could diminish the original film's impact.
It’s been almost 15 years since Matrix Revolution was released, leading most of us to assume that the franchise was dead. However, we all know that's not how Hollywood works, so it shouldn't be entirely surprising to hear that #KeanuReeves recently spoke about the idea of a new Matrix film, stating that he was totally on-board, but only under a few conditions.
Keanu Reeves Is The One.....With Conditions
Keanu Reeves is flying high off the success of his brand-new sequel John Wick Chapter 2, and it has seemingly made him nostalgic for other properties that helped build his career. Speaking recently on The Graham Norton Show, Keanu mentioned that Bill & Ted 3 was in development, and he seemed genuinely excited about it.
While we're still holding out for Point Break 2: Johnny Utah Does New York, Keanu recently discussed a potential Matrix sequel instead during an interview with Yahoo Movies. When asked if he would be involved in a fourth Matrix instalment, Reeves had this to say:
"The Wachowskis would have to be involved. They would have to write it and direct it. And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’d be weird, but why not? People die, stories don’t, people in stories don’t."
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Maybe Keanu is getting nostalgic in his '50s, or maybe he thinks that there are still stories to be told in the Matrix universe. Either way, it's likely that the Wachowskis have ideas to extend the franchise beyond Matrix Revolutions, but the real question now is: do fans even want a fourth Matrix movie?
Is There Still An Audience For A Fourth Matrix?
As I stated before, The Matrix has had a huge impact on pop-culture, to the point where the film's legacy continues to be felt daily on social media. The Matrix may have pre-dated the internet as we know it now, but a lot of its story still rings true with how we live our lives today. At its core, the Wachowskis classic film is essentially about how humanity have had the wool pulled over their eyes by technology and become enslaved by it.
#TheMatrix made its debut in 1999, which happens to be right around that Millennial sweet-spot. For many, this film was the first time that audiences were introduced to sci-fi that stood for something different and more cerebal — Although that's not to say that sci-fi fare such as Corbin Dallas’s Multipass isn't awesome too.
Speaking from personal experience, The Matrix introduced me to more intelligent filmmaking, and was basically the launch-pad for my love of cinema. I’m not alone — The Matrix influenced almost everyone who saw the film, and it still holds up after many years.
Sure, the sequels didn't match the standard of the original, but fans are still keen to see the story continued and revisit that world. After all, The Matrix remains more culturally relevant than ever, making Keanu Reeves's statements about a fourth film in the franchise very exciting indeed.
When it comes down to it, Warner Bros. has relaunched seemingly dead properties to great acclaim before, including the legendary Mad Max franchise, so it's entirely possible that the studio could plug us into The Matrix one last time.
We’ll have to wait and see if the Matrix franchise continues, but until then you can catch Keanu Reeves’s new film John Wick Chapter 2 in theaters now.
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(Source: Yahoo Movies)