Zak Penn Says He Wants the New 'Matrix' to Be Like 'Logan', Not a Reboot

Friday, 17 March 2017 - 3:09PM
The Matrix
Friday, 17 March 2017 - 3:09PM
Zak Penn Says He Wants the New 'Matrix' to Be Like 'Logan', Not a Reboot
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Zak Penn has some pretty harsh words for anyone who's been freaking out over the Matrix "reboot." In response to the widespread hysteria, Penn has been very clear: that's not the direction that his screenplay is going in, and he's far more interested in emulating the X-Men franchise and creating new side stories, rather than attempting to reinvent the digital, green-tinted wheel. Here's what he said on Twitter:










It might be a little self-serving of Penn to compliment the X-Men franchise on their exemplary storytelling—after all, he did write The Last Stand, but his praise goes mainly to newer properties like Deadpool and Legion which reference the main movie series, but which have their own characters and stories. From the sounds of Penn's comments, the animated series Animatrix will serve as the template for the new Matrix movie: rather than continuing the saga of Neo, we'll be exploring side stories and the extended universe.

So what can we look forward to from the new Matrix movie if it won't be a direct remake of the original film? Our guess is to expect a story about some lesser-known characters and probably some far lower stakes, considering that all the universe-saving has to be done by the hero of the original trilogy. Either way, it sounds as if Warner Bros is hoping to turn The Matrix into the same kind of interconnected, shared cinematic universe that has been pioneered by Marvel—ostensibly a back-up franchise in case the DC Extended Universe keeps underwhelming audiences. What stars would head such a project? Who would replace Keanu Reeves?




Ah. Well. By the sound of it, we might be getting that Keanu Reeves cameo everyone's been calling for after all.
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