Warner Bros. has greenlit a fourth Matrix film, with original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss set to return - along with the franchise's co-creator/co-director/co-writer Lana Wachowski.
First reported by Variety, the news comes as the franchise celebrates its 20th anniversary with a planned theatrical re-release of the film later this month.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” said Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby 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.”
Scheduled to begin production in early 2020, this fourth Matrix film will be written by Lana Wachowski, Aleksandar Hemon, and David Mitchell.
The franchise's other co-creator/co-director/co-writer, Lilly Wachowski, is not listed as being involved with this fourth film.
“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now," said Lana Wachowski. "I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends."
Newsarama has learned that Geof Darrow and Steve Skroce are also returning for the sequel, drawing concept art.
Sony has not announced a release date for the film.