The big news of the week, much to everyone’s horror, is that Warner Bros. is reportedly in the early stages of developing a Matrix Reboot. Been living under a rock all week? Yup, you read that correctly, “A Matrix Reboot.” Reports suggest the very talented Michael B. Jordan is being eyed to anchor the reboot, yet fans are understandably not pleased. Almost all agree a reboot is a bad idea, though some of you commented that you thought exploring the universe further in the form of a sequel or tangential film is not a terrible one.
Zak Penn, writer of The Incredible Hulk and Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One, was mentioned in the initial report as a possible writer of a treatment for the reboot, though a writer’s room of sorts was also mentioned. Now, Penn has taken to Twitter to clear a few things up and defend the idea of expanding the universe, not rebooting it.
In a flurry of Tweets, Penn stated:
“All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT the Matrix. People who know Animatrix and the comics understand. Canâ€™t comment yet except to say that the words â€œrebootâ€ and â€œremakeâ€ were from an article. Letâ€™s stop responding to inaccurate newsâ€¦ How about just re-release The Matrix? Donâ€™t reboot it, you canâ€™t do better. Do I want to see more stories set in the universe of The Matrix? Yes. Because itâ€™s a brilliant idea that generates great stories. Look at what people are doing with X-Men universe. Between Logan and Legion and Deadpool, does anyone want them to stop? Not me.”
So, Penn is stoked on some spin-off films and/or sequels and claims reboot reports to be false, but is he denying involvement as well? He does seem very enthusiastic about exploring further stories within the universe, as long as you avoid using the two ‘R’ words around him (“Reboot” and “Remake”). And he doesn’t refute the his involvement, in fact his “no comment” suggests he is involved. Yet, he also proposes re-releasing The Matrix instead… It’s all very confusing!
Is his quote clearer to you? Are you convinced he’s involved, and if so, do you think he can pull a Matrix movie thatis to the originals what Logan is to the X-Men franchise? Or is this still a big fat “No,” no matter the approach?
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