Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich announced today that the studio has officially greenlit a sequel to the Matrix trilogy, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss set to reprise their roles in the futuristic dystopian world where machines trap mankind from birth until death in an all-encompassing virtual reality simulation.
Lana Wachowski – who co-created the reality-bending world of The Matrix along with her sister Lilly – is set to write, direct and produce the film.
“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now,” said Wachowski. “I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” said Emmerich. “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 universe.”
The original film premiered in 1999 and the trilogy went on to earn more than $1.6 billion at the global box office.
Special 20th-Anniversary screenings of The Matrix are being held at select AMC Theatres locations across the U.S., starting Aug. 30.