Screenwriter of New ‘Matrix’ Movie Clears Up “Reboot” Rumours

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Zak Penn, the screenwriter Warner Bros. has hired to write a new Matrix movie, has cleared up the reports that the film is to be a reboot.

Word broke a few days ago that WB was looking at revisiting the sci-fi franchise, with THR reporting that the studio was hiring X-Men: The Last Stand scribe Zak Penn to craft a “reboot”. As you’d expect, many fans of The Matrix were understandably upset at the thought the groundbreaking film would be getting a do-over. Well, they can rest a little easier knowing that’s not exactly the case. “Don’t reboot it,” Penn has concurred. “You can’t do it better.”

Penn has taken to Twitter to clarify that the potential new film will not be reboot or a remake, and will instead be tackling another story from the universe. The writer expressed that, as with Deadpool, Logan and Legion all coming from the X-Men universe, the new Matrix film will be expanding up the mythology and the world set up in the original trilogy directed by the Wachowskis. “… It’s a brilliant idea that generates great stories,” Penn said.

Here’s Penn’s series of Tweets:

The original report expressed that WB was eyeing Creed actor Michael B. Jordan for a lead role in the new Matrix film. Seeing as we now know that this will not simply be a rehash of the original ’99 picture, and Penn said he “would cast Keanu Reeves” instead of recasting the actor’s role in the franchise, we can safely assume Jordan won’t be our new Neo. Some rumours are suggesting that Jordan could end up playing a younger Morpheus, the character played by Laurence Fishburne.

Let’s see how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Image via Warner Bros.
Image via Warner Bros.

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