WB’s new film in the Matrix franchise is rumored to be a young prequel to Morpheus, with Michael B. Jordan in sight for the lead role.
Visionary filmmakers Lana and Lilly Wachowski burst into Hollywood with their 1999 sci-fi action film, The matrix, with Keanu Reeves as Neo, a man who learns that humanity is imprisoned by sentient machines in a simulated reality called the Matrix. The original film was beloved by critics and fans alike, praised for its groundbreaking action sequences and complex sci-fi world – not to mention box office success, earning $ 460 million on a budget of $ 63 million. . The matrix was followed by two suites, The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix revolutions, which was less well received than the original and concluded the trilogy in 2003.
This week it was reported that Warner Bros. is developing a reboot of The matrix, with Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Creed) eyes on the star. Since then, the writer of the new film, Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers) claimed the Matrix “reboot” is not a reboot at all, explaining, “no one could or should RESTART the Matrix.” He then expressed his interest in more stories within the Matrix world that aren’t remakes or reboots, and a new rumor may indicate that’s exactly what Warner Bros is exploring.
Birth Movies Death reports a Matrix franchise idea “Who won a lot of support” Warner Bros. is a prequel following the character of Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne in the original trilogy. According to their sources, the role of young Morpheus is the role Jordan is wanted for. The report further confirms that Warner Bros. intends to establish a Matrix Franchise Writers’ Room – likely indicating the studio wants to launch a shared cinematic universe similar to Paramount’s Transformers series – and the movie Morpheus is one of many ideas explored.
In The matrix trilogy, Morpheus was a kind of mentor to Neo and an agent working against the machines of Zion. Before discovering the character of Reeves, Morpheus dedicated his life to researching that of the Oracle prophecy that would free humanity from the machines and, therefore, the Matrix. If Warner Bros. does end up developing the prequel Morpheus movie, it could potentially follow that period of the character’s life – or their own discovery of the existence of The Matrix.
Of course, given the decidedly mixed response to a Matrix reboot, it remains to be seen whether the potential of a young Morpheus film – or other films exploring the larger universe of the Wachowski sci-fi world – will be better received by fans. Plus, a prequel following a character as beloved as Morpheus is a clever move – the one we saw in both Paramount Bumblebee spin-off as well as Disney / Lucasfilm Han Solo project. Certainly, new stories that do not retread the original Wachowski films have a better chance of balancing The matrix goodwill among fans with new ideas as a way to continue the franchise.
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