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It would appear that Warner Bros. looked at their Matrix property and said, “We’ll have what Marvel’s having.” We’ve got the scoop!

When the news broke last week that Warner Bros. was looking to relaunch The Matrix, everyone and their mother had an opinion about it. While our Editor-in-Chief, Kellvin Chavez, first revealed that The WB was trying to kickstart the Matrix series back in February of 2015, the confirmation of that scoop by The Hollywood Reporter got everybody buzzing now in 2017. A lot of the chatter centered around THR referring to the film as a “reboot,” a phrase that implies that the studio will be throwing out the original trilogy and starting from scratch. It would later come to light that the film will not be a reboot or a remake of any kind.

Who made that declaration? Writer Zak Penn, who’s working on the new Matrix. Here’s what he said on twitter:

Penn went on to add:

“Can’t comment yet except to say that the words ‘reboot’ and ‘remake’ were from an article. Let’s stop responding to inaccurate news. 

“Do I want to see more stories set in the universe of the matrix? Yes. Because it’s a brilliant idea that generates great stories.”

Still, the bulk of the chatter online has been about this “Reboot vs Relaunch” debate. While everyone has been busy arguing about that, we’ve been digging to find out what the exact plan is for The Matrix. In doing so, we reached out to the confidential source who first told us that Warner Bros. was pursuing more Matrix movies back in 2015, and here’s what we found out:

  1. Zak Penn isn’t merely writing a new Matrix movie. He’s actually overseeing an entire Matrix Cinematic Universe!
  2. While Penn will be the lead architect of this new shared universe of Matrix properties, he won’t be alone. It’s his intention, as well as the studio’s, to create a TV-style “writers room” that mimics what’s been done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films and the Transformers franchise.
  3. We say “Matrix properties” because Warner Bros. is hoping for a multi-tiered approach that would include things like a TV series, video games, cartoons, etc.

When you consider all that, the hiring of Penn makes perfect sense. While he may not be a household name with mainstream recognition, some of his work definitely is. Penn co-wrote films like X2: X-Men UnitedThe Incredible Hulk, and The Avengers. Penn worked fairly closely with Marvel Studios on their Phase One, when you consider what those latter two credits are. Warner Bros. likely hopes he can bring whatever world-building techniques he learned there to The Matrix.

None of this is to say that the tone of the new Matrix Cinematic Universe will ape that of the actual MCU. It just stands to reason that The WB wants Penn to use what he learned there to make the sheer size and scope of a relaunched The Matrix series as successful and as cohesive as possible. Here’s hoping they’re much more hard-hitting than your typical MCU fare.

While talking this over with our source, we also got word of some other interesting The Matrix intel:

  • Netflix once approached The Wachowskis, who wrote and directed the original trilogy, about making a TV series.
  • Warner Bros. put a stop to that conversation, stating they want to relaunch the IP cinematically first before pursuing any kind of TV series- which would presumably be a companion to the movies.
  • The studio’s top priority is a Universe.

So brace yourselves, folks. A Matrix Cinematic Universe that includes movies, TV series, and more is on the way. Assuming, of course, that the first entry is a success. Penn is in the driver’s seat here, so let’s see who else he gets to fill that writers room and what direction they go in.

Feel free to explain any and all of this to any of your friends who’re still complaining about the “reboot.” It’s going to be much, much more than that.

Oh, and the idea of a Morpheus prequel starring Michael B. Jordan? Yeah, that’s an idea that is definitely in play.

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Mario-Francisco Robles

MFR is a writer, columnist, critic, and podcast host. You can find more of his personal ramblings over at

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