The new "Matrix" movie is happening, but it will be without Lilly Wachowski.
She was at the Television Critics Association panel for her Showtime series "Work in Progress," and was asked about Warner Bros. planned remake/sequel.
She confirmed she's busy with "Work in Progress" and won't be part of any new "Matrix" project. "Well, I’m a little busy at the moment,” she told SlashFilm.
That's not surprising. What is surprising is that she seems happy to hand off the film that put her and sister Lana on the moviemaking map 20 years ago.
"I like it when stories go out into the world and then come back to you in different ways," Wachowski said. "I mean, that’s what storytelling is all about. I’m part of a bigger thing. I don’t have any ownership over stuff like that, so whatever story anybody wants to tell, I can’t wait to hear. I hope it’s better than the original.”
An interview with former "Matrix" stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski caused people to think the Wachowskis might be involved with the new version, but Stahelski later clarified he didn’t know if the Wachowskis would actually be involved or not.
Zak Penn ("Ready Player One") has been hired to write the script and he has said the movie is not a reboot, not a remake, nor a continuation of the original trilogy.
That leaves, perhaps something set in the same universe, but with different characters. Michael B. Jordan has been mentioned to star, but there's no indication that's actually going to happen.
Lilly Wachowski’s "Work in Progress" debuts on Showtime on December 8, 2019.
[Via Slashfilm, Screenrant]