Zak Penn has just revealed that Warner Bros. is developing two The Matrix projects. Back in August, fans of The Matrix got some exciting news that pretty much melted the internet.
Warner Bros. had announced that a fourth Matrix movie is the making with Lana Wachowski writing and directing the film. According to the franchise, Iconic stars like Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves will be returning to recap their roles as Trinity and Neo, respectively.
For some fans, that exciting news called into question the status of Zak Penn in the upcoming film. And on Saturday, October 5, Penn to social media, shedding light about his Matrix project.
As it turns out, there’s not one but two The Matrix films in development!
One Twitter, Zak took the time to clarify a bit about the two Matrix projects. He as well explained that neither his nor Lana Wachowski’s films are reboots. Instead, the movies are set at different times in the Matrix universe.
“People keep asking, so let me clarify there are two different Matrix projects at WB. I wrote one set earlier in the timeline of the Matrix universe. Lana Wachowski is directing a sequel that I did not work on but can’t wait to see. Neither of them are reboots.”
This is not the first time Zak Penn has revealed that his Matrix project isn’t a reboot. Nearly two years ago, he shared on Twitter that he had been working on something in the Matrix universe, and it wasn’t a continuation nor a reboot.
At that time, Penn also indicated that there was nothing much he could say about the project because he was still developing the script.
However, the writer revealed that his wish is to see Warner Bros. get off the ground. Instead of rebooting, he expands The Matrix universe, which is something he’s excited about.
As for Wachowski’s Matrix 4, it has been reported that Warner Bros. is seeking an actor to play a younger version of Keanu Reeves (Neo) in the film.
According to Variety reporter, Justin Kroll, in an appearance on Robbie Fox’s My Mom’s Basement podcast, the “young actor will join Neo (Reeves) and Trinity (Moss).”
Matrix 4 will also bring back the artists who helped in the making of the first Matrix film, presumably to replicate the feel and look of The Matrix as much as possible.
Warner Bros. chief, Toby Emmerich, said when Matrix 4 was announced:
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering the Matrix with Lana.”
“Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker –, and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing, and producing this new chapter in The Matrix.”