UPDATE: A Chad Stahelski's representative reached out to /Film to say his comments on a Matrix reboot were strictly hypothetical and not in fact confirmation the Wachowskis are working on a new movie. The original article follows.
The Wachowskis are developing a new Matrix film, according to John Wick director Chad Stahelski. There's been talk of another installment in the iconic sci-fi franchise dating back to 2017, when it was reported Warner Bros. was eyeing Michael B. Jordan to star in a reboot. Since then, updates on the project have been few and far between, with screenwriter Zak Penn teasing his ideas for an expanded Matrix universe last year. From the sound of things, a fourth Matrix movie remains on the table, though no director or cast members have been brought onboard yet.
When word of the possible Jordan-fronted reboot first broke, it was said the Wachowskis, the creative force behind the original trilogy, were not involved with the new movie. That's despite them working on Matrix treatments as far back as 2014. But as WB looks to get this film off the ground in the near future, it appears they've called upon the Wachowskis to lend a hand in some capacity - so says one of their most prominent collaborators.
In an interview with Yahoo Movies UK while promoting John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, Stahelski revealed the Wachowskis are indeed working on a new Matrix movie. The stuntman-turned-director (who was Keanu Reeves' double on the trilogy) also stated he'd happily go back to the Matrix universe if asked:
“I’m super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a Matrix, but they’re expanding what we all loved. And if it’s anywhere near the level of what they’ve already done, it wouldn’t take more than a call to go, ‘Hey, we want you to be a stunt guy’ and I would probably go and get hit by a car.”
Stahelski didn't know if the Wachowskis would be directing the movie (or just serving as writers/producers), but this development is encouraging to hear. It implies they have an idea they're passionate about that (ideally) won't just rehash what viewers have already seen and take the property in exciting new directions. Additionally, Reeves went on record to say the only way he'd return to The Matrix would be if the Wachowskis were writing and directing, so if what Stahelski's saying is true, it means Reeves starring remains on the table. How that would come into fruition remains to be seen (Neo died in The Matrix Revolutions), but with the actor still at the top of his game, many fans would enjoy watching him dodge bullets again.
Admittedly, the Wachowskis' post-Matrix filmography isn't the most inspiring at first glance, but there's no denying the siblings have unique vision and creativity. Even their misfires contain stunning visuals and ambition to spare, so it'll be interesting to see what they have in mind for a new Matrix movie. It's worth pointing out this is still in the developmental phase and doesn't appear to have an official green light just yet, but maybe the Wachowskis' involvement will give the Matrix revival the little push it needs.
Source: Yahoo Movies UK
Update Source: /Film