'The Matrix' reboot: Remake of cyberpunk classic in the works

'The Matrix' reboot: Remake of cyberpunk classic in the works
A still from "The Matrix."
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"The Matrix", as a cyberpunk classic, influenced the minds of a great number of movie fans. Word has it that it's about to get a reboot.

Zak Penn is reportedly engaged in talks to write a Matrix reboot with Michael B. Jordan being considered for a role in the new movie, reports The Verge.

Penn has done script work for a number of superhero movies and has provided story assistance for established writers who worked on "Avengers", "Elektra", and "X-Men: The Last Stand". Jordan, on the other hand, has yet to formally commit to the movie project.

This is not the first time that word has gone out about a new Matrix movie. Joel Silver, producer of the original "The Matrix", had approached Warner Bros. with the idea of making a new film to add to the franchise. Unfortunately, Hollywood Reporter says that the studio had been worried about a number of issues. These included Silver's relationship with the Wachowskis and his reputation for budgetary excesses.

With regards to the Wachowskis, both writers and directors of the original Matrix Trilogy, they are currently not involved. However, as creators of the franchise, it is speculated that Warner Bros. would at least want to get their blessing before moving forward with the reboot.

Keanu Reeves, who played Neo, indicated his desire to come on board for another "Matrix" movie if the Wachowskis will be involved.

As of now, the project is still in its very early stages and could still get cancelled like the previously planned Matrix TV show. Even within Warner Bros., there are those who see the original movies as "untouchable" due to their box office success. Should the original Matrix team rest on the laurels of this classic, or risk everything with a reboot? It seems just like a choice between the blue pill or the red pill.

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