A new film in the Matrix franchise was announced in 2017. Series creators Lana and Lilly Wachowski were originally not thought to be involved, but John Wick director Chad Stahelski says that isn't the case.
“I’m super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a Matrix, but they’re expanding what we all loved,” Stahelski told Yahoo Movies UK. “And if it’s anywhere near the level of what they’ve already done, it wouldn’t take more than a call to go, ‘Hey, we want you to be a stunt guy’ and I would probably go and get hit by a car.”
When asked if the Wachowskis were directing, Stahelski said, "I'm not sure of the overall. I'm not sure if Lana is." However, he did reiterate that they're definitely involved in some capacity and that he'd love to help with the film. Before directing the John Wick trilogy, Stahelski worked as a stunt coordinator on several films by the Wachowskis.
It's not clear at this time who from the original film series will return. Keanu Reeves has said he'll only if the Wachowskis are involved. According to Yahoo Movies UK, his feelings on the matter haven't changed. Zak Penn, who is working on the film, says it won't be a remake or a reboot and will instead focus on expanding the world. There are rumors it will be a Morpheus-centric prequel.
The first Matrix film was released in 1999 to critical acclaim. Written and directed by The Wachowskis, the film starred Keanu Reeves as Neo, a hacker who discovers that the world he knows is an elaborate program run by intelligent machines to harness human bioelectricity for power. Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne, serves as Neo’s guide and teacher as he learns the truth. There are two direct sequels: The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions. The series also contains The Animatrix, which was a collection of nine short animated films designed to expand the Matrix universe.
Directed by Chad Stahelski, John Wick Chapter 3 - Parabellum stars Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Mark Dacascos, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Mantzoukas and Anjelica Huston. The film opens May 17.