In 1999, at the threshold of the 21st century, a little film came along that changed everything. I refer, of course, to The Matrix, the Wachowski Brothers (they were still brothers at the time) cyberpunk masterpiece that revolutionized science fiction films forever. Everone, for the most part, agreed The Matrix was a brilliant film and still do today. So naturally, when word of a reboot started circulating, a lot of genre fans started freaking out.
The Matrix brilliantly integrated concepts as far-flung as Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” This film also incorporates ideas from mythology, religion, and philosophy including the esoteric and occult concepts of the spiritual teachings of Buddhism, Christianity, Gnosticism, Hinduism, and Judaism, into the core ideas of the movie.
On another level the narrative also takes on a deeper metaphorical and allegorical nature relating to life in general and how people are sometimes prone to sleepwalk through it, accepting the status quo without ever questioning what is going on beyond their momentary gratification that makes it possible. It’s the story of Neo’s, the chief protagonist’s spiritual odyssey from a sleeper to what the kids today refer to as ‘woke.’
Now, or more accurately a few months ago, came word there was a reboot in the works. All sorts of rumors have been popping up since, and it is the purpose of this article to provide me a place where I will attempt to clear up what is real and what is not about this future production here.
First of all, whether or not it is a reboot is a question of semantics and will remain an unanswered question until the final production arrives. Zak Penn has been involved with the movie for about a year now is the writer tasked with scripting whatever this new project set in the world of The Matrix will be. He posted to Twitter to clarify that The Matrix reboot isn’t a reboot at all. Fortunately, it appears Penn is intelligent enough to realize The Matrix is a film that should not be remade, at least not for a long while
He goes on to say while it’s not a remake or retelling of the same story in any way it is going to be a story that takes place in the same universe as the original likely with new characters and story. He also refers to the Animatrix (2003) and how it was composed of stories that took place in the same world as the original live-action film. Starting to sound a lot more like a spin-off. It looks like the production is still in the early planning stages despite rumors going around regarding a possible cast, etc. which are not true.