Keanu Reeves hints The Matrix 4 and 5
Simon BrewCould we be getting a new pair of Matrix sequels? Keanu Reeves apparently says so, with the Wachowskis reportedly even chatting to James Cameron about The Matrix 4 and 5…
Published on Jan 24, 2011Now, here's a franchise we considered done and dusted, having battered itself into the ground with a pair of unnecessarily pretentious sequels (even though there's fun to be had with them).
For The Matrix trilogy never came close to matching the inventiveness, quality and sheer entertainment of the original with anything that followed, and once the back-to-back follow-ups had been and gone, it seemed that few had the inclination to give the Wachowski Brothers any more money to make any more.
Yet, that day may yet happen.
At an event in London to promote his newly released movie, Henry's Crime, Keanu Reeves - according to a report at AintItCool - said that "he met the Wachowskis (no emphasis on the word brothers), for lunch over Christmas and stated that they had completed work on a two picture script treatment that would see him return to the world of the matrix as Neo".
The report continues, suggesting that the Wachowskis had met up with James Cameron, "to discuss the pros and cons of 3D", and "are looking to deliver something which has never been seen again".
Reeves, seemingly acknowledging the problems with The Matrix sequels, also apparently said that "he swears this time that the treatment will truly revolutionise the action genre like the first movie".
That's a fair amount to digest.
Firstly, it should be noted that this is a pinch-of-salt piece at the moment. There's not a whisper of official confirmation, nor have we heard from anyone else at the event where Reeves was reported to utter all of the above.
If it is true, though, then a few things. Firstly, appreciating that it's in vogue to slam 3D at every opportunity, a deployment of the technology in the selective manner of Tron: Legacy might actually serve a Matrix sequel well.
Secondly, why two films? Didn't The Matrix franchise (along with the Pirates Of The Caribbean saga) go off the rails when the people behind it were trying to juggle two massive back-to-back productions?
And thirdly, the Wachowskis. Let's assume that it is the Wachowski Brothers that are being referred to. Since Bound and The Matrix in the 1990s, the problem here is that they've not made a compelling film. We quite enjoyed Speed Racer, and it was visually brilliant, but a proper, interesting three-act movie it was not.
Do the Wachowski Brothers have it in them to make a groundbreaking movie again? Most are lucky to manage to do so once in their lives. We'd be happily surprised if they could do it again.
The full report can be found at AICN here, and we'll be fascinated to read what you make of all of this in the comments below...