The Matrix is, apparently, still online. Variety reports that a fourth feature in the beloved sci-fi franchise is in the works, and unlike previously rumored projects, this one can boast the return of both stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss along with one-half of the series’ original sibling filmmaking duo, with Lana Wachowski set to write and direct the feature.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering 'The Matrix' with Lana,” said Emmerich in a statement to Variety. “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.”
The film’s script has also been written by Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. Wachowski will produce the film with Grant Hill. Variety reports that soruces say the film will likely begin production in early 2020.
There’s no word yet if Lana’s sister, Lilly Wachowski, will be involved in the project, but in a statement to Variety, her sister’s contributions were still top of mind. “Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I'm very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Wachowski told Variety.
Earlier this year, Reeves’ “John Wick” director and former stuntman Chad Stahelski made waves when he told Yahoo Movies UK that the Wachowskis were set to return to their iconic franchise for another go-round. Soon after the interview was posted, however, Stahelski’s reps said he had been speaking hypothetically. Apparently not.
“I'm super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a 'Matrix,' but they're expanding what we all loved,” Stahelski told Yahoo Movies UK in May. “And if it's anywhere near the level of what they've already done, it wouldn't take more than a call to go, 'Hey, we want you to be a stunt guy' and I would probably go and get hit by a car.”
News broke in March 2017 that Warner Bros. was eyeing a “Matrix” reboot with Michael B. Jordan in contention for the leading role. That project appears to now no longer be in the offing.
A new Matrix movie is happening at Warner Bros. with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity and Lana Wachowski set to write and direct an all-new film set in the genre-defining world.
Warner Bros. will co-produce with the franchise’s original co-producer Village Roadshow.
Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement today. Lana Wachowski is producing with Grant Hill. Wachowski is co-writing with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” said Emmerich. “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.”
The three previous films, created with Lilly Wachowski writing and directing— The Matrix 1999, The Matrix Reloaded 2003 and The Matrix Revolutions 2003—have earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office and were all Top 10 domestic hits in their year of release. The Matrix Revolutions was also the first film ever to release simultaneously in every major country at the same hour around the world. The Matrix also spawned a successful videogame in 2003 timed to Matrix Reloaded, Atari’s Enter the Matrix which sold over 5M copies worldwide, with close to $60M in the U.S.
Special 20th Anniversary screenings of “The Matrix” are being held at select AMC Theatres locations across the U.S. starting Aug. 30.
Earlier this summer, Reeves took Lionsgate’s John Wick franchise to a new at the B.O. with John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum earning $321.3M worldwide, $170.7M domestic.
Thanks to Make-A-Wish, one lucky Keanu Reeves fan was able to spend some time with her favorite actor and even watch him film a scene for Bill & Ted Face the Music. On Facebook, Make-A-Wish New Jersey posted several photos of a 16-year-old girl named Emily hanging out on the Face the Music set. In the background, we can see the Wyld Stallyns van, and Emily also poses with Reeves and co-star Alex Winter. The meeting comes as a direct result from Emily's desire to meet her favorite actor, coupled with the efforts of the Make-A-Wish foundation and Reeves himself.
According to Emily's mother Deborah, the teen's all-time favorite movie is Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. "She came across it one day and was instantly hooked," Deborah explains. Partnering up with Make-A-Wish, Emily was asked if she could have one wish, what would it be? Naturally, the girl said what she wanted most was to meet the real Ted "Theodore" Logan.
As soon as Keanu Reeves was informed, the actor and his team quickly worked to create an unforgettable experience for Emily. After flying the teen to the actual Bill & Ted Face the Music set in Louisiana, Emily was able to watch the cast and crew film a scene personally hand-picked by Reeves. Thanking Make-A-Wish, Emily's mother couldn't be more grateful for the experience. "It was an unbelievable day," Deborah says. "She hasn't been this happy in months! Keanu seemed to be having as much fun with Emily as she was with him."
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While Reeves has since redefined himself as an actor with roles in other major franchises like The Matrix and John Wick, many fans still consider Ted to be one of the actor's very best characters. Along with Alex Winter's Bill, the character first appeared in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure in 1989. The story followed the aspiring rockers as they travel through time to research a high school history presentation. The sequel Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey followed in 1991, this time killing off both members of the duo albeit temporarily and leading them to explore both Heaven and Hell. While rumblings of another sequel had worked their way through the rumor mill in the years since, it won't be until 2020 when the anticipated follow-up finally hits theaters.
Of course, Reeves and Winter are both back as Ted and Bill for Bill & Ted Face the Music. William Sadler is also back at the Grim Reaper, reprising the role he played in Bogus Journey. Recently, George Carlin's daughter Kelly also revealed she's been added to the movie's cast, paying tribute to the Rufus character played by her father in the previous movies. Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine have also been cast as Ted and Bill's daughters, with Erinn Hayes and Jayma Mays playing the girls' mothers. Rapper Kid Cudi has also been announced as a part of the cast in an undisclosed role.
Bill & Ted Face the Music premieres in theaters everywhere on Aug. 21, 2020. You can take a look at the photos of Emily from Make-A-Wish on the movie set below. This news comes to us from Make-A-Wish New Jersey on Facebook.
Beloved action star Keanu Reeves is having a great year. With his John Wick franchise soaring over $500 million this summer, his scene-steeling role as Duke Caboom in Toy Story 4, and the upcoming re-release of the iconic Wachowski film The Matrix, he's come a long way since the "Sad Keanu" memes. In light of all the recent revivals, Reeves is stepping into his late 1980's and early 1990's shoes in Bill & Ted Face the Music. The third film in the cult franchise is currently filming, so the on-set anecdotes are starting to spill out.
Keanu Reeves is returning to the role of Ted "Theodore" Logan, but on-set photos have him looking much more like a WWE wrestler than a fun-loving, time traveling dude. With shaved sideburns, combed back hair and thick beard, the Speed star is nearly unrecognizable.
The tough look isn't exactly indicative of the plot, however, which writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon promise will be a really fun, funny and sweet story. Bill & Ted Face the Music will follow the aspiring musicians 25 years after the events of the last movie as the goodhearted best friends still try to write the greatest song ever. Only now, they have middle aged problems and fatherhood in the mix, not to mention the harmony of the universe and life as we know it is on the line. Also returning to his popular role is Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston, alongside newcomers to the series Samara Weaving Picnic at Hanging Rock and Brigette Lundy-Paine Atypical.
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Fun doesn't seem to be had only on the screen. In a recent interview, Weaving gave fans a sneak peak at Keanu Reeve's morning routine. One day, Reeves brought a moment to set. It was an action figure of "Canada's Greatest Stuntman" Duke Caboom, his character in Toy Story 4. The makeup trailer found it amusing and decided to make their own treasure hunt for the "lovely" actor. According to Weaving,
"The makeup artists hide the figurine every morning. He loves having a little treasure hunt. Every day he's looking for Caboom."
The film comes more than three decades after the original Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and is written by original creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. Helming the highly anticipated film is director Dean Parisot Galaxy Quest, Red 2. The cast includes returning stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as the titular characters, William Sadler as the Grim Reaper, Amy Stoch as Missy and Hal Landon Jr. as Captain Logan. Newcomers include Brigette Lundy-Paine and Samara Weaving as Ted's daughter and Bill's daughter, as well as Jayma Mays in a key role, Erinn Hayes, Jillian Bell, Holland Taylor, and Kristen Schaal among others. The film will be released by Orion Pictures through United Artists Releasing, while Warner Bros. & Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for international releases.
Bill & Ted Face the Music is set to hit theaters in August 2020, and we can't wait to see the wild antics those two get up to. USA Today brings us news of Keanu Reeves Treasure Hunt.
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David Leitch says Keanu Reeves was almost in Hobbs & Shaw. The director went on to say that he and Reeves were in communication before production even began all the way to when the first cut was finished. When the rumors started to spread, action fans started to get pretty excited about the idea of Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, and Reeves all in the same movie. But it was not to be, which Johnson confirmed shortly after the initial rumors began to spread like wildfire.
Hobbs & Shaw hit theaters over the weekend and scored a massive global haul of over $180 million, but Keanu Reeves didn't show up. While the rumors sounded a bit too good to be true at the time, it turns out they were actually based on fact. David Leitch had this to say about Reeves having a cameo in the Fast and Furious spin-off.
"It all stemmed from the fact that we had talked to Keanu early on. It was even before where we ended up with this draft. I had been talking to Keanu periodically through the shooting of it all and looking for opportunities of where it could be. I also wanted to make sure that it was enough - a real promise for something legitimate in the future - and wasn't just a stunt casting role. We started to populate the movie with all these other personalities, and I just didn't really think that we needed it, although I would've loved it. We even talked in post, and I showed him a rough cut of the movie. Then, we had conversations about 'is there something here?' We came to the conclusion of 'let's put a pin in it.' I'm all for finding opportunities, but I also didn't want to force anything."
The original rumors surrounding Keanu Reeves' involvement in Hobbs & Shaw had him in a villain role. He was supposedly going to be tied to Idris Elba's character, though it's unclear what that would have been. David Leitch would not say who Reeves was going to be, but there has been speculation he would have been the mysterious director of Eteon. The villain is faceless in the movie, so there could still be a chance for Reeves in the future. Leitch explains.
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"The mystery at the end of the movie where the Eteon director is nameless and faceless seems perfect for our ending because we had so much story we've already told. The backstory with Brixton and Shaw, Hobbs reconnecting with Jonah Cliff Curtis, Shaw reconnecting with Hattie, Locke's relationship with Hobbs... Dinkley. There was just so much stuff, and we still had to resolve all the family threads. The mystery of what Eteon is and where it's gonna go was left where it needed to be."
Keanu Reeves is a pretty busy guy and went right from the John Wick 3 press tour to Bill & Ted Face the Music. Though his part in Hobbs & Shaw would have probably only taken a few days to shoot, it's probably for the better that he took a bit of a rest. Plus, it sounds like the door is still wide open for him to join the Fast and Furious franchise. After the successful box office debut, it's looking like we will end up seeing a sequel.
It will be interesting to see if Keanu Reeves has the same kind of action contract for fight scenes like the rest of the Fast and Furious franchise reportedly has. It was recently revealed that Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Jason Statham allegedly have contract demands which keep them from losing fights to each other. They might have to tear those up if the John Wick star jumps on board. You can check out the rest of the interview with David Leitch over at The Hollywood Reporter.
BossLogic has given us a tease of what Keanu Reeves could look like in a potential Moon Knight movie. Fans of the actor are waiting for what seems like his inevitable introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Rumors have recently kicked into high gear after Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige brought up the fact that the actor is considered for nearly everything they do and then again when director Kevin Smith floated the Moon Knight idea to the Russo Brothers.
Moon Knight isn't one of the most well-known in the Marvel Comics world, but the character has some pretty hardcore fans who have been waiting years for a big or small screen adaptation. Moon Knight, aka Marc Spector, has been described as a supernatural Batman by some fans, which sounds about right. The BossLogic artwork shows Keanu Reeves as one of the updated versions of the character and as always, it's great. From the looks of things, Reeves' John Wick look would work really well with the Moon Knight aesthetic.
At San Diego Comic-Con this year, Kevin Smith brought up Keanu Reeves while talking to Avengers: Endgame directors the Russo Brothers. As with Kevin Feige, the Russos are all for Reeves joining the MCU gang. When Smith suggested the possibility of Reeves jumping on board as Moon Knight, Joe Russo said, "Right, that's a good call." The movie could be huge, especially with Reeves starring and it would bring another one of Marvel's more obscure characters into the spotlight, much like what James Gunn did with the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
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Before James Gunn introduced non-comic readers to the Guardians of the Galaxy, they were pretty obscure and fans were shocked to learn that a movie was being planned. With that being said, they now have their own ride at Disneyland. Keanu Reeves and Marvel Studios seems like almost too good of an idea and one has to wonder why it hasn't happened yet. Reeves could be waiting for the right role like Joaquin Phoenix did with Todd Phillips' upcoming Joker movie. Like Reeves, Phoenix had been rumored to take a part in a superhero movie for years before it ended up happening.
Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are done working with Marvel Studios for now, but they too really want to see Moon Knight introduced. They haven't publicly commented on Keanu Reeves taking the lead role, but they do want to see the movie happen. With the MCU's Phase 4 in early development at the moment, there is always a chance that Moon Knight could happen in Phase 5, which is only a few years away. If and when it happens, will Reeves be the star? You can check out what the actor might look like as the character below, thanks to BossLogic's Twitter account.