Warner Bros. preparing to reload The Matrix with writer Zak Penn

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Mar 14, 2017, 10:00 PM EDT

Reboots are everywhere. We know this, and we know that any and all franchises are on the list if there's money to be made. So it's often not a question of whether a reboot is coming, but when. In that way, the wide world of genre reboots has produced an interesting guessing game: Which genre classic will get the treatment next?

If you guessed The Matrix, you are today's big winner.


I say "Maybe" because we don't really know what shape this thing is taking yet, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has indeed set to work on some kind of, ahem, reload for the sci-fi action classic.

The studio is reportedly in the "early stages" of development on the idea, and Zak Penn (X2, Pacific Rim: Uprising) is "in talks" to write a treatment for the project. At this point, it's not clear if this will be a straight-up reboot or a sequel or even a prequel. In fact, Warner Bros. is apparently eyeing a structure similar to what Disney's done with Star Wars in recent years, possibly telling stories set in the Matrix universe while not specifically retooling or expanding on the central Neo story.

For example, the THR report includes the idea of a young Morpheus movie, which is interesting given that the studio is also interested in Michael B. Jordan to star in whatever project this development generates.

But what about Lana and Lilly Wachowski, who created the original trilogy? Will they be involved? Well ... not at the moment, and "the nature of their potential engagement with a new version has not been determined." According to the report, Warners would like "at minimum" to get the blessing of the Wachowskis before moving forward, if not more. It's unclear how far the studio's gone in reaching out to the Wachowskis at this point (and Warner Bros. had no comment), but I'm guessing the nature of the project (a new set of stories rather than a remake, etc.) will have a big impact on what they may or may not like to do.

Again, this is all very preliminary, but Warner Bros. is clearly interested in going back to the Matrix well in some form, and they're after a pretty high-powered writer to do it.

What do you think? Is it time for more Matrix stories?