Rumor of the day: Wachowskis prepping new Matrix prequel trilogy

Ten years after Keanu “Whoa” Reeves battled robots for the soul of mankind, it sounds like Warner Bros. and the Wachowskis could be prepping a wide scale return to the Matrix-verse.

Latino Review is reporting a rumor that the studio is collaborating with the Wachowskis to bring the series back to life in an effort to cash in on the monumental amount of sci-fi cachet they believe the franchise still carries.

The project is apparently a potential prequel trilogy (though the pitch is still “very fluid”) written and possibly directed by the Wachowskis, with an eye toward a 2017 launch for the first film. Considering the Wachowskis haven’t had a sure-fire box office hit since back in The Matrix days, it makes at least some sense that they might be open to it.

The report claims the project is still in the very early stages, so take it with a heaping grain of salt, but let’s be honest — it’s only a matter of time before the studio finds a way to get that franchise back into the public consciousness. With everything from Star Wars to Independence Day poised to make a comeback over the next few years, it’s only logical that a sci-fi franchise as big as The Matrix would get its day back in the sun.

Of course, this begs the question: What would it actually be about? There’s no telling, but one idea is that it could follow the events that led to the machines taking control, or just tell a story about a previous “One” who came before Neo. Or heck, maybe even bring Keanu Reeves back for a sequel.

You also have to wonder if fans will even be apt to pick up a new run of Matrix films after the critically uneven final two installments Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions. Just look at the box office numbers: The franchise peaked in the middle with Reloaded and its huge $742 million box office haul, then crashed back down to Matrix-level numbers with Revolutions’ $427 million. Still a lot of cash, obviously, but it seems interest might’ve been starting to wane by the end. 

What do you think? Is this a good idea, or just bone-picking a modern sci-fi classic?

(Via Latino Review)