Matrix 5 in the works with Lana Wachowski as executive producer

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Warner Bros. returns to The Matrix.

The studio announced that a fifth “Matrix” movie is in development. It will be the first installment without Lana or Lily Wachowski as directors. Instead, “The Martian” screenwriter Drew Goddard will handle film duties. He will also write the script and produce with his Goddard Textiles partner, Sarah Esberg. Lana Wachowski, who directed the most recent “Matrix” installment, 2021’s “Resurrections,” is attached as executive producer.

It’s unclear who from the “Matrix” universe: Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss have hosted all the previous films as Neo and Trinity, while Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris and Priyanka Chopra Jonas joined the iteration most recent: will return.

Plot details have not been revealed, but Warner Bros. Motion Pictures president of production Jesse Ehrman teases that the story will advance the fantasy world without straying too far from what made the series a success.

“Drew came to Warner Bros. with a new idea that we all believe would be an incredible way to continue the world of The Matrix, honoring what Lana and Lilly started over 25 years ago and offering a unique perspective based on his own love of the movie. series and characters,” Ehrman said in a statement. “The entire team at Warner Bros. Discovery is excited that Drew is making this new ‘Matrix’ film, adding his vision to the cinematic canon the Wachowskis spent a quarter-century building here at the studio.”

Goddard was nominated for an Oscar for writing “The Martian,” the science fiction adaptation directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. His other film credits include writing “Cloverfield” and “World War Z” and working as writer and director on “The Cabin in the Woods” and “Bad Times at the El Royale.”

“It’s no exaggeration to say that ‘The Matrix’ films changed both filmmaking and my life,” Goddard said. “Lana and Lilly’s exquisite art inspires me daily and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to tell stories in their world.”

“The Matrix,” which started the franchise in 1999, is considered one of the most influential science fiction films of all time. It inspired three sequels, 2003’s “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions,” and 2021’s “The Matrix Resurrections.” The fourth installment, which arrived after an 18-year gap and was the first directed solely by Lana, was a big box office disappointment. That’s in part because “The Matrix Resurrections,” like all of Warner Bros.’ 2021 programming, was available simultaneously on HBO Max at no additional charge. It grossed only $159 million worldwide against its $190 million budget.

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