It’s been thirteen years since The Matrix Revolutions was released, which means it’s been thirteen years since we started trying to erase it from our memories. After the 1999 phenomenon, it’s fair to say that the Matrix’s follow-ups from the Wachowski siblings weren’t so warmly-received. The whimpering end to the trilogy effectively crushed any possibility of The Matrix 4 ever happening – or so we thought.
Because of the critical mauling directed at Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions, some fans of the original have retained hope that Warner Bros. would revisit the franchise and recently, producer Joel Silver – who worked on the original film – discussed the possibility of reviving the franchise at one point in the future.
Speaking with Loaded, Silver said: “We haven’t talked about it yet. I hope there’ll be a time we can do that at some point. That was very seriously designed as three stories and that was it, but we’ll see what happens.”
Of course, it’s modern-day Hollywood, so you really can never say never, but it seems that the idea of a fourth Matrix film is definitely just that: an idea. It would also be interesting to see if the Wachowski would be open to returning in the director’s chair, considering that they’re career has taken a hit after the release of the truly abysmal Jupiter Ascending in 2015.
A few months back, a rumour did the rounds claiming that the Wachowskis were open to returning for a new live-action Matrix trilogy, but that was never validated. The Wachowskis are currently involved in the second season of their popular sci-fi Netflix show Sense8 but they’re not attached to direct anything else, so we’ll wait and see about a potential rebirth of The Matrix. We’re definitely not holding our breaths though…