Welcome all you geek enthusiast and nerd aficionados. The Hollywood Machine is at it again. Instead of coming up with a new property to try and appease us. They instead decided to go back to the vault and pull out an old property and expand on it. This time coming from Warner Bros we are getting a reboot of The Matrix, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
When the first Matrix came out in 1999, it was something fresh and new. A new science fiction that told a story we’d never seen before. The movie put many new faces and creators on the map. This was the first movie where we really took notice of the Wachowski Brothers ( now Sisters.) It was the first time we really got to see Hugo Weaving’s acting prowess, before he went on to other great nerd-culture films in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. All these risks were taken and we ate it up like a fat kid eats cake. We loved it!
Further Down the Rabbit Hole
After what the Matrix was able to do at the box office, was there any denying that there would be more to come? Warner Brothers looked at the results, the film had a budget of around $63,000,000 (estimated). By the end of it’s run it had done $463.50 million USD and nabbed 4 Oscars for film editing, best sound, and best effects ( both in visual and sound). From the look of things, they had a cash cow on there hands. Doing what studios do when they see money apparent, they got the big stick out and proceeded to beat that cow to death. Animated DVD “The Ani-Matrix,” *Thwak* Video Game tie-in to subsequent sequel’s “Enter the Matrix,” *Thwak* and two more movies to get a trilogy ” The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.” *Thwak Thwak* We can’t forget they even had a documentary DVD called ” The Matrix Revisited.” (I’ll give it another wack for good measure) *Thwak*
You are not the one.
As happens when you beat something to death. It does just that, it dies. Warner Brothers doubled the budget on Matrix Reloaded to around $150,000,000 (estimated). They saw a return on investment, gross dollars for the film were $742.10 million USD. People still had a love for the first film and wanted to see the sequel, not so much after they saw it. Matrix Reloaded was nominated for th
a Razzie for Worst Director, a far cry from the Oscars. The sour taste left in peoples mouth caused the final film “Matrix Revolutions” to drop drastically in gross potential. The film cost the studio another $150,000,000 to make and grossed $427.30 million USD. An even farther cry from the earning’s of the first two films. The Cow was officially dead.
A World Without Rules and Controls. A World Where Anything Can be Remade or Rebooted.
Warner Brothers must have seen the cash cow twitch, because now there’s apparently a Matrix reboot in the works. The silver lining to this is that it isn’t a remake. By being a re-boot it does give you the opportunity to have some of the original cast show up, still fighting against the machines.
A couple things mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter article:
“Zak Penn in Talks to write a treatment”
There’s some good and bad that comes with this. The good, Zak wrote the story for The Avengers (2012) and the screenplay for The Incredible Hulk (2008). The one that had Edward Norton in it. He also wrote the screenplay for the much anticipated Ready Player One, along with Ernest Cline and Eric Eason.
The Bad, Zak also wrote X-Men: The Last Stand with Simon Kinberg. (The X-Men movie we don’t talk about. ) As well as the screenplay for Elektra, along with Raven Metzner and Stuart Zicherman. So there is a lot to be desired.
“At this point, the Wachowski siblings, are not involved and the nature of their potential engagement with a new version has not been determined.”
Further in the article it states
“Joel Silver is said to have approached Warners about the idea of mining The Matrix for a potential new film. Warners is said to be leery of including him in any meaningful role, as he not only has a reputation for budget-control issues, but apparently has a strained relationship with the Wachowski’s”
Apparently, Warner Brothers sees how well not having the original creators involved has worked for Fox. Them on the Terminator franchise not having James Cameron involved. Though they are not attached now, they don’t want to strain the issue.
On top of this Keanu Reeves, in regards to the Wachowski’s, in an interview with Yahoo Movies said
“They would have to write it and direct it. And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’d be weird but why not?”
Seems if you want Keanu back in any capacity for the film you’ll need the Wachowski’s as well.
There are no stupid ideas and apparently there are no new ones either.
When new ideas are hard to come by. We can always count on those within the Hollywood structure to pull at something until it snaps. I’m sure Warner Brothers is at the wood mill working hard to get that new Big Stick ready.
If you think this is a great idea or a bad one let us know in the comments below.