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New Matrix not a reboot or remake after all, according to writer Zak Penn

03.17.2017

Like most kids who grew up in the '90s, I love THE MATRIX. Hell, I still wear black trenchcoats because of it (well, also, because it hides my weight). I'm even a MATRIX sequel apologist, as while I don't think they hold a candle to the first film (which is a masterpiece), they are still fun movies with some great things in them, like the freeway car chase in RELOADED and the final fight in the rain in REVOLUTIONS.

Anyway, when WB announced that the MATRIX was getting a reboot from writer Zak Penn, people freaked the fuck out. Can you blame them? While I don't have a problem with reboots or remakes per se (because a lot of them have been great), most are admittedly underwhelming or terrible.

Well, recently Penn went on twitter to set the record straight:

This all honestly sounds fine to me, if unnecessary. I mean, you don't need to tell more stories in THE MATRIX, but as long as you're not doing a prequel or reboot, I'm at least more willing to give it a chance.

But what do you Schmoes think? You done for more stories in THE MATRIX, ala X-MEN spin-offs? Or would you rather leave well enough alone? Sound off below!

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Extra Tidbit: My favorite ANIMATRIX segment was the kids playing in the glitching building.
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12:36PM on 03/18/2017

His name is Theo E. Theron

Figure out that anagram.
Figure out that anagram.
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5:01AM on 03/18/2017
I am totally open to them telling more stories in the matrix world - as already said the Animatrix demonstrates the rich opportunities for incredible stories they can create.

I would however be keen for any new films to be as unique and distanced from the originals as possible; a completely different aesthetic (especially the clothing!), no characters/actors crossing over, no similar plot lines or set pieces - just do something new that we haven't seen before. The possibilities of this IP
I am totally open to them telling more stories in the matrix world - as already said the Animatrix demonstrates the rich opportunities for incredible stories they can create.

I would however be keen for any new films to be as unique and distanced from the originals as possible; a completely different aesthetic (especially the clothing!), no characters/actors crossing over, no similar plot lines or set pieces - just do something new that we haven't seen before. The possibilities of this IP are endless.
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1:02AM on 03/18/2017

A Matrix within a Matrix within a Matrix

There are so many layers. We only scratched the surface.
There are so many layers. We only scratched the surface.
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11:51PM on 03/17/2017
Hope it's not a reboot or remake. I would love to see a continuation of the franchise. The series always had the potential to be a new Star Wars, but it was squandered by bad writing and poorly implemented franchise media, not all bad, but most. Not sure this guy's the best guy for the job, but I'm excited for more Matrix.
Hope it's not a reboot or remake. I would love to see a continuation of the franchise. The series always had the potential to be a new Star Wars, but it was squandered by bad writing and poorly implemented franchise media, not all bad, but most. Not sure this guy's the best guy for the job, but I'm excited for more Matrix.
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10:29PM on 03/17/2017
I think this just them trying to save face after the bad reaction to the Matrix reboot/remake.
I think this just them trying to save face after the bad reaction to the Matrix reboot/remake.
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8:44PM on 03/17/2017
Movies are DEAD
Movies are DEAD
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7:38PM on 03/17/2017

A "Matrix" cinematic universe?

F*ck this.
F*ck this.
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7:13PM on 03/17/2017
Matrix = **********
Reloaded = *******
Revolutions = ****
The trend is not in the right direction for this
Matrix = **********
Reloaded = *******
Revolutions = ****
The trend is not in the right direction for this
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4:51PM on 03/17/2017

he sucks

and orci too/
and orci too/
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4:38PM on 03/17/2017

hmmm

This is what I was saying all along and can go along with if you do another movie set in the same universe then yes I can go along with this idea. But it has to be amazing, it can't be a par short, it can't be short at all. It has to be on the same level or exceed higher anything lower then that level will result in complete and utter failure. This man seems to be knowing what he wants.
This is what I was saying all along and can go along with if you do another movie set in the same universe then yes I can go along with this idea. But it has to be amazing, it can't be a par short, it can't be short at all. It has to be on the same level or exceed higher anything lower then that level will result in complete and utter failure. This man seems to be knowing what he wants.
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4:15PM on 03/17/2017
keanu reeves is riding pretty high these days in hollywood....he is a big draw in the action genre...if they dont cash in on that theyre really dumb....i wont see it without him as the star....but lets face it they wont ...most directors nowadays are all about money and little substance ....itll be a reboot and this shmuck zak penn knows it...
keanu reeves is riding pretty high these days in hollywood....he is a big draw in the action genre...if they dont cash in on that theyre really dumb....i wont see it without him as the star....but lets face it they wont ...most directors nowadays are all about money and little substance ....itll be a reboot and this shmuck zak penn knows it...
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9:03PM on 03/17/2017
Infortunately the wachowskis are box office poison, i dont think neones gonna give them 100+million budget ever again including for the matrix, so that means no keanu
Infortunately the wachowskis are box office poison, i dont think neones gonna give them 100+million budget ever again including for the matrix, so that means no keanu
9:03PM on 03/17/2017
Infortunately the wachowskis are box office poison, i dont think neones gonna give them 100+million budget ever again including for the matrix, so that means no keanu
Infortunately the wachowskis are box office poison, i dont think neones gonna give them 100+million budget ever again including for the matrix, so that means no keanu
3:46AM on 03/18/2017
Honestly, he spoke like a true fan, which is encouraging. It is still very possible this is nothing but a soulless cash grab, unfortunately, but there is no way to know for sure at this point what the outcome will be.
Honestly, he spoke like a true fan, which is encouraging. It is still very possible this is nothing but a soulless cash grab, unfortunately, but there is no way to know for sure at this point what the outcome will be.
3:45PM on 03/17/2017
I actually think it is an interesting world that can be explored; seeing the first matrix was still one of my all time favorite moving going experiences; there's no reason it can't be done in an interesting way.
I actually think it is an interesting world that can be explored; seeing the first matrix was still one of my all time favorite moving going experiences; there's no reason it can't be done in an interesting way.
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3:42PM on 03/17/2017
Please no. The Matrix trilogy had its time and relevancy and it was terrific. They are no longer relevant and the fact they won't include Keanu and/or the Wachowski sisters just doesn't cut it going forward.
Please no. The Matrix trilogy had its time and relevancy and it was terrific. They are no longer relevant and the fact they won't include Keanu and/or the Wachowski sisters just doesn't cut it going forward.
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3:44AM on 03/18/2017
I was going to support this comment, until you said the Matrix is no longer relevant. The idea of people living in a virtual world is far more relevant now than it was then, what with the explosion of virtual reality and social media. Plus, the [link] themes at the heart of the series are timeless. The only thing that could be considered particularly dated is the style, mainly the bullet time and the "cool clothes", but that can be easily adjusted to work better with current times. If they
I was going to support this comment, until you said the Matrix is no longer relevant. The idea of people living in a virtual world is far more relevant now than it was then, what with the explosion of virtual reality and social media. Plus, the [link] themes at the heart of the series are timeless. The only thing that could be considered particularly dated is the style, mainly the bullet time and the "cool clothes", but that can be easily adjusted to work better with current times. If they explore different facets of the universe ala The Animatrix (which, if you haven't seen, you need to change that), with different creators coming in each time to put their own stamp on the universe, than the possibilities could be theoretically endless. Having said this, I still deeply have my concerns that this is nothing but a soulless grab, but to say it is no longer relevant is incredibly disrespectful to the world the Wachowskis created.
8:53AM on 03/18/2017
Pathetic cunt
Pathetic cunt
3:37PM on 03/17/2017

Reboot and Remake are poison words in Hollywood so of course he is going to shun the idea

It's still a cash grab on an old franchise. No, the sequels were not good, sure they had like one good scene in them (each) but they are so dated and look like garbage these days its insane. They can't bring back Neo, they can't bring back any of the original characters either. If it is a "spinoff" it has to tell like an origin story or something new that adds to the existing universe.
It's still a cash grab on an old franchise. No, the sequels were not good, sure they had like one good scene in them (each) but they are so dated and look like garbage these days its insane. They can't bring back Neo, they can't bring back any of the original characters either. If it is a "spinoff" it has to tell like an origin story or something new that adds to the existing universe.
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