Did Lana Wachowski Reveal Why She Made A New Matrix in the New Matrix?

It’s a strange admission, but the plot detail is actually based on a true story.
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In the era of the great reboot, The Matrix is an obvious choice. The mind bending sci-fi trilogy left an indelible impression on an entire generation of fans when the first film was released in 1999. Now, more than twenty years later, those same people are prime targets for Hollywood’s nostalgia-mining strategies that, in 2021 alone, have brought us a Space Jam sequel, and a Friends and Harry Potter reunion. Indeed, studio execs have been clamoring to relaunch the celebrated franchise ever since it ended neatly and finitely in 2003.

But preventing them from doing so all along have been the films’ directors, sisters Lana and Lily Wachowski. For more than a decade, the two were steadfast in their refusal to make another Matrix. Obviously, something happened that caused one sister, Lana Wachowski, to change her mind, and within the first ten minutes of The Matrix Resurrections, the fourth installment of the series which was released Wednesday in theaters and on HBO Max, we learn exactly what it was.

The new Matrix film got very meta—very early on.
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In one of a few meta, self-aware scenes, Thomas Anderson, AKA Neo, and his boss (played by Jonathan Groff) are discussing the success of the Matrix video game series, which Andersen developed. So in this scene, Anderson AKA Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, is representing Wachowski—stick with us. “Our beloved parent company, Warner Bros., has decided they will make a sequel to the trilogy with or without us,” says Groff. It’s a strange admission, but the plot detail is actually based on a true story.

According to Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers confirmed a Matrix reboot back in 2017 and was originally going to hire Marvels writer Zak Penn to work on a treatment before Lana Wachowksi agreed to get involved. Evidently, she was also inspired to return to the franchise after the death of her parents. Now, why Wachowski felt the need to cheekily address her decision and her history with Warner Brothers in the film itself remains a mystery. I guess we’ll just have to wait for The Matrix 5 to find out.

FromEsquire US

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Abigail Covington
Abigail Covington is a journalist and cultural critic based in Brooklyn, New York but originally from North Carolina, whose work has appeared in Slate, The Nation, Oxford American, and Pitchfork.
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