Whoa: New Matrix Project Not a Reboot
We recently reported a project in the works at Warner Bros, described in The Hollywood Reporter as a Matrix "reboot." Zak Penn, who is attached as a writer on the project, took to Twitter to set things straight. Apparently, the new Matrix project is something other than a reboot, and would seem to be a sort of expanded universe venture. Beyond that, it's vague, and apparently purposely so. Check out the Penn's Tweets on the matter, and let the speculation begin!
Can't comment yet except to say that the words "reboot" and "remake" were from an article. Let's stop responding to inaccurate news.— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017
All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT the Matrix. People who know Animatrix and the comics understand.— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 15, 2017
He gets a little more heated with time, still not saying what the project is but making it as clear as possible that it's neither a reboot nor a remake - wherever one draws the line between the two, neither label would seem to apply here.
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.— Zak Penn (@zakpenn) March 17, 2017
I'm glad it's not a reboot since, as Penn seems to agree, The Matrix really does not need one. Also, the fact that he seem so vehemently opposed to a reboot, sort of angry at the idea even having circulated if you read enough of his tweets, is a sign that he's passionate about the project. Whatever it is, I look forward to hearing more about it from Penn when he's able to talk about it in detail.