18 years after the original wowed audiences, The Matrix will reportedly return to theaters in a reboot led by Warner Bros.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zak Penn is in talks to write a treatment, while actor Michael B. Jordan could land in the starring role as NEO.
The Wachowski siblings — who wrote and directed the original and its two sequels — are not involved at this point.
The Matrix released in March 1999, a typically quiet period at the box office. At the time, Warner Bros. did no have huge expectations for the film, but the story and ground-breaking special effects (including the slow-motion “bullet time” effect) helped it become the highest grossing R-rated film of the year in North America, and the fourth-highest grossing film of the year worldwide. It also won four Academy Awards.
Two sequels, Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, were not well received, but Keanu Reeves became one of the richest actors in Hollywood from the deal.