Do you take the blue pill or the red pill?
For Matrix fans everywhere who’d like to forget the poorly received Keanu Reeves-led sequels to the groundbreaking 1999 film from the Wachowski sisters, the answer is most certainly the blue pill.
But just this week, an old news item posted on Worst Previews made its way across Facebook, stoking the flame – and possible interest – in continuing the saga of the world-within-a-world, head trip of a blockbuster that completely redefined the action movie genre almost twenty years ago.
According to the article dated January 24, 2011, Keanu Reeves supposedly let fly at the London International School of Performing Arts that Matrix 4 and 5 were in the works.
“He spoke briefly about 47 Ronin and Bill and Ted 3,” the article reported. “But the big news came when Reeves revealed that he met with the Wachowskis around Christmas. They told him that they completed script treatments for two more Matrix installments. They are planning to make the films in 3D and have already met with James Cameron to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the technology. Reeves added that he’s excited to return as Neo and promised that the treatments will truly revolutionize the action genre like the first Matrix film did.”
So what gives? Is Keanu and the rest of the cast, including Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss, suiting up for another Matrix go-around? Maybe, maybe not.
In a much more recent article, Cinema Blend tracked down Joel Silver, producer of the Matrix Trilogy, to get the skinny on any possible sequels.
“We haven’t talked about it yet. I hope there’ll be a time we can do that at some point. That was very seriously designed as three stories and that was it, but we’ll see what happens.”
So was the recent stir simply a case of the internet catching up with old news? Most likely. Many of the comments under the article claim the story was made up, and that Reeves never actually said anything about a Matrix 4 or 5, nor actually spoke at the school. But it did remind us the power those movies had over everyone who experienced it back in the day. And in this age of reboot, anything is possible.
Consider the new Ghostbusters reboot, the recently released (and poorly received) Independence Day: Resurgence film, and last year’s monster smash Jurassic World. Heck, even the aforementioned Bill and Ted franchise might be getting a new installment. So while for now, it appears Neo will not be rising from the grave to star in a new Matrix film, it is definitely something to keep an eye out for.
— British GLAMOUR (@GlamourMagUK) June 29, 2016
Meanwhile, Keanu Reeves is keeping busy with, of all things, politics. He was spotted this week on a surprise trip to the UK where he was supposedly meeting with conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi, according to AV Club. And while his appearance did send Twitter into a tizzy, the reason for his visit according to a tweet posted by MP Mark Pritchard confirmed he was simply there to lobby for expansion of film production in the region.
Met Keanu Reeves today to discuss expanding film production in west midlands not just in London pic.twitter.com/Zr4zZOKtLq
— Mark Pritchard (@MPritchardMP) June 28, 2016
Still, his visit inspired more Matrix memes across the internet, once again demonstrating how powerful the Wachowski sisters’ film trilogy has been. Who knows? We might be swallowing the red pill with Keanu Reeves soon enough.
— The A.V. Club (@TheAVClub) June 29, 2016
[Image via Pink News]