Why The Matrix Should (or Shouldn’t) Be Rebooted

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SHOULDN’T: No Keanu! What is the Matrix without Keanu?

Keanu Reeves has precious said that he will only return to this series if the Wachowskis are running the show. And let’s face it: the idea of a Matrix movie without Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss sounds appalling or nearly impossible to compute. All three brought a special kind of commitment to this wild world. Can another group of actors capture that same tone?

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SHOULD: It Could Take On 21st Century Themes

One of the things I loved about The Matrix is that it’s a big action movie with some interesting ideas at the center of it. Some of those ideas have basis in philosophical concepts that are centuries old, but others were based upon the politics of the modern world.

When The Matrix was released in 1999, it was a much different world. Not only have our fears about  technology evolved and changed, but now technology is in every person’s hand. We are all connected to our own little Matrix 24/7! Also, the Matrix sequels were written before 9/11 – a new film could reflect the current political climate of fear and oppression, which could be fascinating to explore within the construct of this world. A new Matrix movie could take on mass surveillance and our advances in artificial intelligence and our current political fears.

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SHOULDN’T: Hollywood Reboots Usually Suck

Yeah, I know what we’re all thinking – Hollywood reboots usually suck. It’s the go-to, knee-jerk reaction, but it’s a reaction that has proven itself accurate time and time again. Most of the time, reboots are unable to capture the magic of the original, so why should we get excited about this one?

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SHOULD: Some Hollywood Reboots Are Awesome

While Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes remake is bad, we are now in the middle of a great Planet of the Apes franchise reboot, with a third movie arriving this summer. Plus, we’ve seen some good legacy-quels like Creed and Star Wars: The Force Awakens that bring back some of the characters from the original franchise and incorporates them into a story new story alongside new characters. As Ethan noted:

Those kind of follow-ups have been hit or miss, but it would give an opportunity for Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss to reprise their roles. Reeves has even expressed interest in coming back to The Matrix franchise should an opportunity present itself; he could easily have the Morpheus role for a new iteration of The One. But he also says that the Wachowskis would have to write and direct it, so that may not be in the cards.

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SHOULD: An Opportunity To Advance VFX and Storytelling

The Matrix introduced the larger world to the Gaeta cam rig, which allowed for that groundbreaking bullet-time sequence at the end of the first film. The Matrix sequels also pushed the boundaries of visual effects, even if they didn’t produce anything quite as iconic. A new Matrix movie would be an opportunity to take that leap again and not only in visual effects, but cross-media storytelling.

Remember, the Wachowski sisters’ vision for the Matrix sequels was a story that would connect across many different types of media: movies, animation (The Animatrix), video games (Enter The Matrix and The Matrix Online), comic books, and more. That vision is still being pursued by companies today. Just look at what Disney is trying to do with the Star Wars universe. And while the cross media storytelling attempted with the Matrix sequels didn’t quite succeed, it was interesting first step into an arena that is more common now. I would love to see what they could do now.

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What Do You Think?

Why should The Matrix be rebooted? Why should it be left alone? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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