Zak Penn Says He Wants the New 'Matrix' to Be Like 'Logan', Not a Reboot
Can't comment yet except to say that the words "reboot" and "remake" were from an article. Let's stop responding to inaccurate news.— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017
All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT the Matrix. People who know Animatrix and the comics understand.— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 15, 2017
Look at what people are doing with Xmen universe. Between Logan and Legion and Deadpool, does anyone want them to stop? Not me.— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017
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?
If I were going to recast Keanu Reeves, I would cast Keanu Reeves.— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017
Ah. Well. By the sound of it, we might be getting that Keanu Reeves cameo everyone's been calling for after all.