On March 31, 1999, the world experienced a culturally impactful experience: The Matrix. During production, directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski spent all of their budget money on one scene of the film merely to prove a point to Warner Brothers. That point was they needed more cash to bring forth their full vision, and Warner Bros. approved after seeing the innovate presentation.
Now, during the year of its 20th anniversary, it’s been announced that a fourth installment is on the way. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will make their highly anticipated return, and fans couldn’t be more excited.
The original spawned two sequels, but in the third one, Reeves’ character Neo sacrificed himself to save the world. Seeing that this is science-fiction, there’s no doubt that Lana Wachowski will figure a way to revive the hero.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering the Matrix with Lana,” Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich said. “Lana is a true visionary–a singular and original creative filmmaker–and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.”
Between the three titles that have come out: The Matrix, Matrix Reloaded, and Matrix Revolutions, the franchise has earned more than $1.6 billion in total revenue.