Plans are afoot for Warner Bros to ignore the systemic anomaly in its programming and re-enter The Matrix once again.
Sources close to the studio told The Hollywood Reporter that they are "in the early stages of developing a relaunch of The Matrix," with Zak Penn in talks to write a first draft. Penn previously co-wrote X-Men: The Last Stand's script and worked on the story of Avengers Assemble, among other projects.
That development includes casting Michael B. Jordan in an undisclosed role, although talks are ongoing at this stage. At this point The Wachowskis, the siblings who wrote and directed the original and its sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, are not currently involved in the nascent project, though the studio reportedly want the directorial pair on board, even if it's just to give their blessings for the reboot to go ahead.
Lethal Weapon and original Matrix producer Joel Silver is also keen to be involved, although his strained relationship with the Wachowskis might put pay to that ambition.
One person who hasn’t entirely ruled out returning to the franchise is Keanu Reeves who recently told Yahoo Movies that he’s be open to the idea if the Wachowski siblings were involved. “They would have to write it and direct it," he told the site. "And then we'd see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that'd be weird, but why not?"
However, it seems Warner Bros are keen to make a fresh start.