A fourth 'Matrix' movie is officially happening

A fourth 'Matrix' movie is officially happening

The Matrix 4 has been officially confirmed, with Keanu Reeves set to reprise his role as futuristic hero Neo, Variety reports. It is also believed Carrie-Anne Moss will be returning to the iconic sci-fi action franchise as Trinity.

Take a look at the trailer for The Matrix (1999):

According to Variety, Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement on Tuesday.

"We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana," said Emmerich. "Lana is a true visionary - a singular and original creative filmmaker - and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe."

Warner Bros. has been trying for some years to re-enter the world of The Matrix, but there had been a delay due to questions over producing rights.

Take a look at the trailer for The Matrix Reloaded (2003):

Lana Wachowski will be writing (alongside Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell) and directing the fourth instalment of the franchise. The 54-year-old filmmaker is also producing with Australian film producer Grant Hill.

All three of the existing films - The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions - were written and directed by Lana and her sister, Lilly.

"Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends," Wachowski said in a statement.

Take a look at the trailer for The Matrix Revolutions (2003):

Altogether, the films earned a staggering $1.6 billion at the global box office.

Details over how the movie will play out are still largely unknown - especially where Laurence Fishburne's character Morpheus is concerned. It is being reported that a younger actor may be recast in the role.

Production is set to begin at the beginning of 2020.