The internet went nuclear earlier this week when word came out that , the innovative, iconic 1999 sci-fi thriller from the Wachowski siblings. But before you light your torches, gather a mob of fellow fans, and storm the front gates of the studio lot, writer Zak Penn - who’s been tasked with writing the new film - has some things to tell us:
All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT the Matrix. People who know Animatrix and the comics understand.March 15, 2017
Can't comment yet except to say that the words "reboot" and "remake" were from an article. Let's stop responding to inaccurate news.March 17, 2017
If I were going to recast Keanu Reeves, I would cast Keanu Reeves.March 17, 2017
Do I want to see more stories set in the universe of the matrix? Yes. Because it's a brilliant idea that generates great stories.March 17, 2017
Look at what people are doing with Xmen universe. Between Logan and Legion and Deadpool, does anyone want them to stop? Not me.March 17, 2017
Sounds like Penn (who has a story credit on 2012’s The Avengers) shares some of the same thoughts as many die-hard fans of the original trilogy, aligning fairly well with . It’s nice to hear that he’s at least aware of the public perception of the new movie, and these tweets indicate pretty clearly to me that if Penn isn’t overruled by the studio, he’d prefer to explore a different corner of the world we saw in the 1999 movie. His shout-out to the Animatrix is particularly promising, considering how those took place in the same universe but didn’t center on any of the movie’s main characters.
As of right now, the Wachowskis aren’t involved with the project and neither is original star Keanu Reeves, though Michael B. Jordan’s name has been floated as a potential leading man for the new movie. While I think Jordan would actually make a pretty good young Morpheus if need be, here’s hoping that the studio allows Penn to do something a little more creative with this story and capitalize on the untapped potential of the Wachowskis’ terrific original concept.
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