‘The Matrix Resurrections’ isn’t meant to be a sequel to the original trilogy

Co-writer David Mitchell says that the upcoming installment in the iconic sci-fi franchise won’t be a conventional sequel.

words by: Alee Kwong
Dec 9, 2021

Very little plot details have been revealed about The Matrix Resurrections, but both trailers introduce the return of Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (played by Carrie-Anne Moss), despite both characters having died at the end of 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions. Now living in San Francisco, the two are left with no memory of the events of the previous films or each other. However, a younger iteration of Morpheus (now played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II instead of Laurence Fishburne) will be the one to reintroduce them to the Matrix and what it entails.


“I saw the film in Berlin in September,” co-writer David Mitchell told To Vima. “It’s really good. I cannot tell you what this film is about, but I could explain what it is not. It’s certainly not yet one more sequel, but something autonomous that contains however the three Matrix that preceded in a really ingenious way. It’s a very beautiful and weird creation. It also achieves a couple of things that we do not see in action films, meaning it subverts the rules of blockbusters.”



It looks like The Matrix Resurrections will be somewhat of a retelling of the story that we saw in 1999’s The Matrix. When the first Matrix film debuted at the cusp of the new millennium, it was unlike anything audiences had ever seen. It introduced us to an entirely new type of science-fiction and led a cultural shift that has influenced a lot of stylistic choices we see today.


The Matrix Resurrections star Jessica Henwick says director Lana Wachowski seriously considered abandoning the film when production was forced to shut down due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Now that’s somewhere I felt pressure because those fights are so seminal [to The Matrix],” Henwick said in an interview with Collider when asked what it was like to be part of the fourth film the Matrix saga, a franchise known for its action set pieces.


“Those moments from the original have stayed in my head, so many of those fight beats, that was really where I was intimidated going into it. I knew I had to be performing up here. You’re performing with Keanu [Reeves]. It’s John Wick. He knows what he’s doing. You can’t hold him back, in any way. I had to give it my all. I devoted myself to it. We trained pretty hard in the run-up, and we kept training all the way through filming.”


However, Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff recently stated that The Matrix 5 is a possibility so long as Wachowski is on board, explaining, “Anytime Lana wants to make a movie, we’re all in.”


The Matrix Resurrections premieres in theaters and on HBO Max on Dec. 22.


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