The fourth installment of the Matrix franchise has just been released in movie theaters this weekend, and fans are already dying to know if this may be the beginning of a new trilogy. Director and co-creator Lana Wachowski has one short and definite answer for them.
As those who have watched Matrix Resurrections may already know, the film’s ending has a very reminiscent open ending. Evidently, this has led fans and reporters to ask, is this the beginning of a new trilogy? It seems that the creator of The Matrix, Lana Wachowski, has no intentions to continue working on this project. According to her, the franchise can end here as it stands now; there really is no need for a fifth or sixth episode.
During the movie’s premiere, Ms. Wachowski was asked by the Associated Press on a red carpet interview if Matrix Resurrections was going to be the first of a three-film franchise. The director did not only answer with an assertive and definite “No,” but she followed up by laughing at the question itself. The Wachowski siblings, who had first created and directed The Matrix back in 1999, have made multiple public statements in previous years saying they are not interested in making any more movies for the franchise. But after the death of their parents, Lana was inspired to tell one last story featuring Neo and Trinity. Her parents motivated her to write the love story that is Matrix Resurrection.
Without giving away too many spoilers, the movie goes out of its way to express just how terrible reboots and sequels are. Several scenes are on-the-nose meta; they even mention the movie’s producer and distributor, Warner Brothers, and how they could make as many sequels as they wish since they own the rights to the franchise. This holds true in the real world as well since Warner Bros does, in fact, not need the Wachowskis permission to produce as many Matrix sequels as they want. If actors such as Keanu Reeves would go along or if fans would even like a sequel without the creative minds of the Wachowskis behind such a project is questionable at best.
Time will tell if the studio wants to bring its audiences more tales from the virtual, dystopian future without the creative collaboration of its original makers.