Seminal VR film trilogy, The Matrix, is returning to the big screen once again. The series famous for introducing ‘bullet time’ and expanding the world’s collective imagination regarding the ‘what-ifs’ of virtual reality and AI is coming back to life for a fourth iteration.

A fourth Matrix film is set to be written and directed by Lana Wachowski, one of the original directors, reports Variety. Expected to begin production in 2020, the film will has been confirmed to include the return of Keanu Reeves (as Neo) and Carrie-Anne Moss (as Trinity).

For those out of the loop, The Matrix series prevalently depicts a virtual reality prison in which humans are trapped and fed on by a race of sentient machines. Meanwhile, the unassuming office worker Neo, master hacker Trinity, and shadowy liberator Morpheus establish a human resistance both inside and outside of the virtual program.

With filming for the fourth Matrix film not expected until 2020, it’s not too late to catch up. The original film begins celebrates its 20th anniversary on August 30th and will see anniversary screenings between August 30th and September 8th at over 135 specified AMC ‘Dolby Cinema’ theatres.

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Totalled together, the original Matrix trilogy has topped $1.6 billion at the global box office since the first films release in 1999. It’s uncertain whether the fourth film will exist as a prequel or sequel, given the state of things at the end of the original trilogy, or whether Laurence Fishburne will reprise his role as Morpheus.

While some fans have already been spotted asking around for Warner Bros. Pictures to produce a VR tie-in experience, no such thing has been announced.

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  • Jistuce

    The only good thing that can come of this movie is if it ignores the previous sequels in favor of being “an alternate Matrix 2”.

    Honestly, the original film didn’t need a sequel, it didn’t lend itself to a sequel, and the sequels it got were kinda awful.

    • asdfasdfasdf

      i think most agree with you

    • Jarilo

      Agreed, the first Matrix is a timeless and great movie. What followed was meh.

      • WyrdestGeek

        I truly believe that you are correct– that they had the rest of the story planned from the beginning / the other two movies.

        And yet, the parent posts are also correct to the extent that movie 2 and movie 3 just weren’t nearly as revolutionary-feeling as the first one.

    • plrr

      Anecdotally, it was always supposed to be a trilogy. The first film wasn’t the full story.

    • Charles

      I didn’t think they were awful, but they definitely could have been better and weren’t nearly as good as the original.

    • crim3

      You told truth.

  • Bob

    At first it was like “How is this piece of news on here and why it is relevant to this site?” and then it was like “Oooooh…I see :)”.

  • JesuSaveSouls

    Analogy that life is more than the senses.What is seen is temporal and what is unseen is eternal.Jesus said to Thomas…you believe because you have seen but blessed are those who believe who havent seen.Its impossible to please God without faith for when you come to Him you must believe He exists.You my flag this and report it to be banned.Asking yourself what is this have anything to do with vr or gaming.I will ask you too what does sex and magic have to do with vr and gaming.So if a story can be the narrative for a game in vr and non vr whether it be fiction or nonfiction.Then the bible too should be accepted and approved as well.Whether its reality to you or fantasy you may think but it still is creativity.

    • I wouldn’t flag your comment, but I wonder if you can’t actually see the difference between discussing in context the storyline of a game versus instead evangelizing your religion? You seem to clearly just be sharing your religious beliefs.

      • Jistuce

        He kept getting moderated for evangelizing without any relation to the article, so he now makes an effort to keep his evangelizing at least tenuously related to the article.

        At his best, he posts thoughtful and insightful comments followed by a “Jesus is the one true lord and savior” at the end, and is a genuine asset to the community. More often, he makes a token effort to acknowledge the article and then writes a paragraph of unrelated evangelism.
        And then there’s THIS.

        If this were about Matrix 3, he’d actually be surprisingly on-topic, since the “Neo is Jesus” symbolism was laid down thick and heavy.

    • Is that you, Morpheus?

    • Alexisms

      Having to have faith is the “get out of jail free” card religion always plays. The guys that wrote any of that nonsense can’t provide any proof so rely on faith and idiots like you fall for it.

    • Davo

      You are the Village Idiot around here

    • oompah

      U & ur magic words

      • Moe Curley

        Worse than hero worship. He’s self aggrandizing.

  • bud01

    Those people that have woken up, with the flower in their hand, and found it to be true..

  • Alexisms

    John Wiktrix

  • oompah

    The Matrix tries to explain the oriental wisdom that you r trapped within spine & brain & the outer body is only a means to experience the world.
    In Buddhism & in Hinduism the existence of other worlds is of 3 types. Bad(hell,ghosts,demons) , good(heavens&upperheavens) and third the final state of blissful eternal life, moksha/nirvana.
    But the portrayal of existence in the movie outside the VR is not of bliss , rather it is a grim world of conflicts where u have only gooey wheat porridge to eat.
    Hope they correct it.

  • asshat

    he is never a genuine asset to the community. wed be better off without him

    • Moe Curley

      Watch out. He got me banned from Upload VR. I kept telling him directly that he was not welcome to proselytize to me and and to stick to the topic of the forum and he just kept on… and I lost it.

  • Peyton Lind

    This is probably going to be horrible and full of a bunch of SJW/leftist nonsense. No way I expect a transgender person in the year 2019 to not be pushing a crazy agenda.