Is a New ‘Matrix’ Trilogy Being Planned?

Warner Bros. rumored to have the first movie in theaters by 2017, to compete with ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Avatar’ franchises.
Warner Bros. rumored to have the first movie in theaters by 2017, to compete with Star Wars and Avatar franchises.

Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski are reportedly developing a brand new sequel trilogy for The Matrix, with Warner Bros. eyeing a 2017 release for the first movie.

The filmmakers are rumored to have already turned in outlines and treatments to the studio, which is desperate for a big blockbuster franchise. Warner Bros. reportedly wants the first movie ready by 2017 so it can compete against the highly-anticipated sequels Star Wars: Episode VIII and Avatar 3, which are slated for release that year.

While it isn't clear which way the filmmakers plan on taking this new trilogy, one of the early outlines reportedly explores how The Matrix was first created. It's too early to tell if this is the route they plan on taking since the story is still very fluid. It also isn't clear if Keanu Reeves will be back as Neo, or if any of the other cast members will be back.

It hasn't been confirmed if Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski will be back to direct, but Latino Review believes the siblings will be at the helm. The previous animated movies such as The Animatrix will not have any effect on this new live-action trilogy or its storyline.

Of course, nothing has been confirmed by Warner Bros., and this isn't the first time we've heard about a return to The Matrix. Back in January 2011, we reported that Keanu Reeves announced during a speech at London School of Performing Arts University that there will be two more Matrix movies coming in 3D.

The Matrix and its 2003 sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions earned $1.632 billion worldwide for Warner Bros.

The Matrix was released March 31st, 1999 and stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster, Joe Pantoliano, Marcus Chong, Julian Arahanga. The film is directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski.

Sources: Latino Review
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Comments (42)

  1. Modla Michana

    Well, I hated Avatar (overrated) and The Star Wars 1-3 (they were made for kids), but THE MATRIX was 1 of the best movies I've ever seen! So, if they make new Matrix, I'll watch it!!! Bring it on.

    1 year agoby @Modla-MichanaFlag

  2. Rexorthedestroyer

    hhmmm.... I hope the new movies will be amazing if they decide to make them but I have serious doubts, only because if it's a sequel Keanu will be to old to bring back his role of Neo, if it's a prequel - well that will just suck, prequels are boring, everyone knows how sh*t will end, but here's hoping.

    1 year agoby @RexorthedestroyerFlag

  3. PsychoMovieJunkie...

    "Is a New 'Matrix' Trilogy Being Planned?" I certainly hope not!

    1 year agoby @PsychoMovieJunkieFlag

  4. Tresix

    I haven't seen the third movie, but I think the first two are vastly OVERRATED.

    1 year agoby @TresixFlag

  5. dess

    I won't lie, but the first movie put me to sleep.

    1 year agoby @dessFlag

  6. SpideR-OnE

    if they have fresh ideas for next movies yes please hope it been a next step forward like it was first movie in 1999 for whole cinema

    1 year agoby @spider-oneFlag

  7. ObiWanShinobi

    That's what I've been saying this whole time.. Tell the others that. @the-crow2k

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  8. The_Crow2k

    @ObiWanShinobi The Matrix has a huge fan-base and is one of the most selling trilogies ever in Dvd/Blu-ray.
    A trilogy, if done right, is more than welcome and will make a huge profit.

    1 year agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  9. ObiWanShinobi

    This is a different time than ten years ago. People are more open to see Sci-Fi/Superhero flicks than they were before. Plus a new trilogy, if executed right could make bank. George Lucas made a new trilogy of Star Wars films & the 1st movie made a billion even though the film left a lot to be desired, resulting in episode 2 & 3 not making as much. If the stories there & the first trailer impresses, there's no doubt this could compete & be beneficial for Warner Bros, just like BvsS is bound to be. @thedude-abides

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  10. A7sus4

    This certainly doesn't interest me. I think those movies stink.

    1 year agoby @a7sus4Flag

  11. thedude-abides

    @ObiWanShinobi I don't doubt there's an audience, but Avatar and Star Wars are going to put up out of this world numbers (no pun intended). The Matrix and its sequels made a little over 1.6 billion dollars combined worldwide. Avatar alone boasted a worldwide box office gross of nearly 2.8 billion. And even if the new trilogy out-performs the original, which I doubt, it won't be by much.

    Like I said, it stands no chance.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  12. Dr-Devious

    Lets face it...we're all gonna see it no matter what we put here

    1 year agoby @Dr-DeviousFlag

  13. TheDude1

    @ObiWanShinobi There is making a film for people to enjoy then there is raiding fanboys pockets. There is a difference.

    Would I see the film? It depends what comes out it. As of right now it would be big pass.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  14. ObiWanShinobi


    & guess what? Everyone, & probably even you, will pay cash to see it. @thedude1

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  15. TheDude1

    @ObiWanShinobi Actually I have many times on this site called Disney out for what they have been doing. And yes even called the planned Avatar sequels cash grabs.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  16. ObiWanShinobi

    I think if they were to bring the original cast back, it could make bank. Laurence Fishburne's Super Bowl commercial as Morpheus was well recieved and I think that gave the studio confidence to invest in new stories. Their is still an audience for the film. @thedude-abides

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  17. ObiWanShinobi

    Just because the Wachowski Brothers weren't feeding out news stories every step of their development process like J. Cameron JJ& Joss Whedon have, the three holy J's, you call it a cash grab because it was unexpected & you assumed development had started at this very moment. When in reality it's been in the works this whole time as Neo stated, 3 years ago. Silly. @thedude1

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  18. ObiWanShinobi

    Just like Benedict C. playing Khan was a rumor that actually came true. Star Wars is making it's 7th movie, which I'd say is unnecessary seeing as the story of Anakin Skywalker has already been told. IF ANYTHING DISNEY ARE THE CASH GRABBERS. For example, the head of Disney was practically forcing a May release date on JJ & crew because he had a specific timeframe on how he wanted to make a profit. But when he realized December+Star Wars together can be very lucrative he changed his mind.

    I mean every big budget movie that is in development is a cash grab, Hollywood sure isn't doing it for the art. Why are three more Avatar movies being made? Because the first one made a billion. Cash grab. Why is Avengers 2 being made? Because the first one made a billion. That sir, is a grabbing of the cash.

    & Come on that announcement came from Keanu Reeves, neo himself. That was 2011. Guess when Avatar 2 was announced? Early 2010. Guess when it's being released. Exactly. These stories take time. @thedude1

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  19. AgentBlue

    I wouldnt mind seeing more movies but it has been too long for that.

    1 year agoby @agentblueFlag

  20. Titanictom

    What Competition???? Star Wars Has Made Over 5 Billion$$$$ World Wide [The Saga!!!} Add Merchandising!!!! 21 Billion!!!! and Growing!!!!! This Series Would Also Be Going Up Against Indy 5 and Other Superhero Films.....Just Say NOOOOOOOOOOO_Darth Vader!!!!!

    1 year agoby @titanictomFlag

  21. The_Crow2k

    God yes! They can maybe do a prequel to how it all started.

    1 year agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  22. CelluloidDreams


    1 year agoby @2movieguysFlag

  23. thedude-abides

    This will have no chance of competing with Avatar and Star Wars.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  24. TheDude1

    @ObiWanShinobi Yes I do remember that article. 3 years later it was clearly just another BS rumor. Hey if you can want to go see a cash grab franchise go right ahead. I think everyone has a franchise or two they will continue to watch no matter what.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  25. WongFu

    The reason I know about it is because I saw the audition call for it and they don't intend to announce it just yet. I guess opening my mouth about it sort of tells you what's happening behind closed doors.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  26. WongFu

    I don't see the point of having Neo back, I thought he died at the end of the last film. So having him in would be like saying 'No one really dies' in sci-fi films.
    The new TV series will have a brand new character.
    I personally think it's too much to plan out a new TV series at this point in time.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  27. Dr-Devious

    Love the matrix films...a prequel trilogy would be good, in the same vain as the animatrix but i have to admit anything set after the first set of films would be pretty stupid...would that mean everything neo did in the last film was basically for nothing?

    1 year agoby @Dr-DeviousFlag

  28. ObiWanShinobi

    "Back in January 2011, we reported that Keanu Reeves announced during a speech at London School of Performing Arts University that there will be two more Matrix movies coming in 3D." Did you read the article?

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  29. ObiWanShinobi

    This movie has been in development since around 2010-2011. Long before A SW7 or A3 had a release date. It's not like Warner Bros. told the Wachowski Bros, at this very moment, to have a new Matrix trilogy ready by 2017. The two filmmakers, having learned from The Matrix Revelations, have been crafting a good story over these past couple of years. I'm sure they've impressed Warner Bros. with their pitches, resulting in the studio confidently issuing a release date. Silly. @thedude1

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  30. CoreyB

    The matrix trilogy rules this would be awesome news

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

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