So what do we usually say with these things, oh yeah: Take this with a huge grain of salt.
According to Latino Review, Warner Bros. is pretty desperate to step back into The Matrix and is plotting a new series of films based on their sci-fi adventure trilogy. The Wachowskis have already turned in treatments and outlines for a new Matrix trilogy that could serve as a prequel for the 1999 original starring Keanu Reeves.
Warner Bros. may want a new Matrix series to compete with Avatar and Star Wars, both of which will have new sequels due in 2017.
The Wachowskis have Jupiter Ascending coming out this summer, so I’m sure we’ll hear either confirmations or strong denials of this rumour shortly. And if that film does well, the siblings will suddenly be all the rage again. Reeves has the space romance Passengers in the works, but after that his schedule looks pretty open. And who wouldn’t want to see him play Neo again?
Interesting to note that in The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, The Architect and The Merovingian hinted that Neo wasn’t the first “One.” So a prequel would definitely work – and actually be pretty cool – in the context of the series.
What do you think about re-entering The Matrix? Good idea or giant mistake? Sound off in the comments.
Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) wrote the script with Derek Connolly and will direct. Steven Spielberg will produce the film, which comes 12 years after the last instalment.
The reboot stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson and Indian star Irrfan Khan.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but an early outline published by JoBlo last summer hinted at a direction the story might take.
“Isla Nublar, is now an actual theme park, as originally intended by John Hammond in the first film. It garners 10 million visitors per year and is completely safe – until it’s not. The park itself is described as very Sea World-esque and includes an area called the Isla Nublar Lagoon. That means underwater dino’s for the first time. No indication of what kind, but there’s concept art showing one of the aquatic dino’s, as part of a show, jumping out of the lagoon and eating a strung up great white shark like it was a fish for a dolphin at sea world.
“As part of a show, you ask? That’s right, folks, this will feature “tamed” dino’s. In fact, our source indicated that the usually menacing Velociraptors (which will finally be muzzled, along with the T-Rex – until they’re not) will actually be used to help fight the threat, which begins in the form of a new dinosaur, not seen in any of the previous films (and not disclosed to us) shows to be much smarter than originally thought and is the main cause of havoc breaking out at the park.”
After a lengthy delay following the death of Paul Walker, Fast & Furious 7 is getting ready to resume shooting.
Sources are telling The Hollywood Reporter that the sequel will restart production in April. Walker had only completed approximately half his scenes when he was killed in a car crash outside of Los Angeles on Nov. 30. Production was immediately shut down and screenwriter Chris Morgan and director James Wan were forced to rework the storyline to retire Walker’s Brian O’Connor character from the series.
O’Connor will not be killed in the film and the series is expected to continue with Fast 8, 9 and 10.
In a recent interview with IGN, Kurt Russell talked about his role in Fast 7, which was supposed to expand in the eighth instalment.
“That’s going to be interesting,” Russell said when he was asked if his character would be back for Fast 8. “Because the character has been purposely been treated in a certain way so that he can or can’t. The ‘can’ will be an interesting stretch. It works, because I understand what it is and we came up with it. It’s like, ‘Oh, wow! That’s cool!’ If he doesn’t, then he doesn’t. If he gets killed, he gets killed. That will be for them to determine. I just wanted to be able to work with them making the best possible character to either be sad he doesn’t move on or say, ‘Yeah, I want this character to move on — we need this character to move on.’ That sort of thing. I don’t know what the situation, with Paul dying, does to that. I don’t know.”
And Walker’s Fast co-star Vin Diesel posted a video on his Facebook page Wednesday night showing him playing a video game with a friend who he hints could be the late Paul Walker. Diesel has been sharing photos and video of the late star on the social media site for the past several months.
It looks like we’re getting our first real bit of casting news on Star Wars: Episode VII (R2-D2 notwithstanding).
Variety is reporting that Lena Dunham’s Girls co-star Adam Driver is closing in on a deal to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ next instalment of the venerable sci-fi franchise. Details on the substance of the role are scarce, but Variety says the character is in the “vein of iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader.”
Driver was rumoured to be up for Nightwing in Zack Snyder’s Batman/Superman film.
Adam Driver. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Filming on the new Star Wars is set to begin this spring and will continue until September. The finished product will hit theatres Dec. 18, 2015.
Other actors that have been rumoured for roles include Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, Zac Efron and Gary Oldman. And according to a report on THR last month, Abrams’ upcoming sequel has been reworked to focus on the trilogy’s original stars – Luke Skywalker (Hamill), Han Solo (Ford) and Princess Leia (Fisher), with newer characters taking a back seat until Episode VIII and IX.
According to Variety, additional casting details will be announced in the next month.
Lena Dunham tweeted her excitement at the news.
We're VERY proud of Adam Driver re: Star Wars. He's about to rip a hole in da force. Is that a thing? I guess I should see those movies?