Warner Bros. are in the early stages of developing a reboot of the Wachowskis’ ‘The Matrix’ (1999), the Hollywood Reporter is reporting.
Zak Penn (X2 – 2003, The Avengers – 2012) is in talks to write a treatment to the original script with Michael B. Jordan (Creed) the current favourite to star as the movie’s central character Neo.
Though THR assert that the project is in its ‘early days’, the Wachowski siblings are not currently linked to the project in any way after birthing the original movie from pen to screen as screenwriters and directors of the original film.
The Matrix’s producer Joel Silver sold his rights to be involved in any such a remake for $30million in 2012 despite previously lobbying for Warner Bros to mine the property for more content. It is believed that any involvement from Silver is unlikely given his strained relationship with the Wachowskis and the studio’s determination to have the siblings give their blessings to the remake.
It is believed that Warner Bros are looking to follow a similar formula to Disney’s work on the Star Wars franchise in order to make the property more profitable in the long-term.