Some films should not allowed to be touched by the Hollywood reboot monster. The Matrix is one of these films. It’s a classic, loved by millions (well, the first film anyway). It’s a hugely influential film that changed the sci-fi genre forever. And now there are talks by Warner Brothers about remaking it? How could it possibly be better than the original? It’s like remaking Casablanca. Not that it can’t be done, it shouldn’t be done. But it is being done, or at least talked about. So what do we know?
The big news is that Michael B. Jordan is in talks to star in the film, most likely as Neo, or “The One,” as he is also known. Jordan is known for his roles in Fantastic Four and Creed, he is also in the upcoming Black Panther film.
The other news is that the Wachowski siblings who created/directed the original trilogy are not going to be involved. What they think of the idea isn’t known at this time, but the report says that “Warners would want the two filmmakers to give at minimum a blessing to the nascent project.” The whole franchise is their biggest claim to fame, not very well likely they would give such a blessing.
Even the producer of the original trilogy, Joel Silver, isn’t involved either. According to inside sources, the studio is “leery” of including Silver in “any meaningful role, as he not only has a reputation for budget-control issues but apparently has a strained relationship with the Wachowskis
That being said, Warner Bros owns the property so they can do whatever they want with it. They’ve already hired screenwriter Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk) to write a treatment for the project, which means they have an idea in mind of how they are going to pull this off and they are ready to spend money on it.
Should certain films be off limits for remakes? Is there any way a remake of the Matrix can even compete with the original? These are the questions Matrix fans are asking themselves. Audiences have been treated to remake failures and remake successes over the years (much less of the latter), and with a film like The Matrix making a movie better than the original would be almost impossible. Time will tell whether this grand idea Warner Bros has is good enough. But nothing is impossible. Especially for Neo.