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The Matrix is perfect. A genuinely groundbreaking cinematography and kick-ass action that makes for an astonishing watch! It had and still has such a profound impact on culture
And now, the studio is in the early stages of development on a reboot of the 1999 sci-fi movie.
If the sequels couldn’t recreate the original’s magic, what hope does a reboot have?
Well, a lot, actually. A reboot narrative is built into the mythology of the original script. so pop the red pill, free your mind and lemme tell you how the reboot could actually be a good thing. (provided Warner Bros, does the following)
1. The Wachowskis MUST be involved
There’s no choice on this one, they have to have some major involvement.
If they don’t want to direct, let’s offer it to Chris Nolan. An Inception-style, Interstellar-sized take on The Matrix would get any naysayers onboard (including me)
2. …And Keanu Reeves
You can’t not have him. He is The One. Lest we forget.
Reeves clearly connected with the practice.
If The Matrix doesn’t see Neo replacing Morpheus as the wise mentor guiding the next The One, you can be sure fans will jump off their cinema seat and kick the screen in frustration (in slow-mo, obvi!)
3. We want new protagonists and new villains
The original film’s narrative was based on a central question: “What is The Matrix?”
Now that the planet knows the answer, we need a new mystery to push the narrative. A new mystery and a new villain. We need something new to be scared of – the intense feeling of fear whenever an Agent appeared was a key element of the original.
4. Gender-swap the hero
Michael B. Jordan is reportedly being eyed for the lead role, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which would be fantastic but should those negotiations break down, we’d like Warner Brothers to consider another possibility. Jessica Chastain is a huge Matrix fan, and named Neo as a character she would love to have played. She can be the new coolest female action character just like Trinity in the original.
Also, it would be cool to see what path a female The One would take.
7. Acknowledge the reboot
The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolution, The Matrix Rebooted?
What if the film’s Matrix construct was rebooted to rid itself of the virus that is The One?
What effect would it have on the world?
Would we see breakdowns in the reality created by the construct?
What form would they take?
Perhaps a reality star would be made President, the wrong film could be awarded Best Picture and BFC could win the Premier League – you get the point.
There’s a lot of potential for building a reboot narrative into the script,
But, rest assured, whatever path the reboot takes, we’ll keep our eyes out for glitches…