The Matrix Resurrections producer James McTeigue has revealed that there are currently no plans to make a fifth film in the franchise.
When The Matrix first debuted back in 1999, it blew everyone away with its ideas, themes, and visual effects. The story would eventually seemingly conclude in 2003 with the films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions both being released that year. Earlier this month a fourth film in the franchise was released but has notably divided fans and critics with most citing the same reasons for their love or hatred for the film. Critics of the film may be happy to learn and fans may be disappointed to hear, however, that a fifth film is currently not on the docket.
Earlier this month, The Matrix Resurrections co-writer/director Lana Wachowski stated that the film was not the start of a new trilogy. In a recent interview with Collider, producer James McTeigue echoed these statements saying, that while things were left open at the end of the film, a fifth installment, be it a sequel or prequel, was not on the table at the moment:
“Look, for us, I think, at the moment, it’s just the movie you’ve seen. We’ve got no prequel in mind. We’ve got no sequel in mind. We’ve got no further trilogy. But I think the film also works where it’s really open to audience interpretation, like what happened in those 60 years before they fished Neo out again, or Thomas Anderson to Neo. When Neo and Trinity are there at the end, and they’re talking with the analyst, what do they actually mean that they’re going to change? So I think that it’s out there, but it’s not in our wheelhouse at the moment.”
Here is the synopsis for The Matrix Resurrections:
In a world of two realities—everyday life and what lies behind it—Thomas Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. Choice, while an illusion, is still the only way in or out of the Matrix, which is stronger, more secure and more dangerous than ever before.
Directed by Lana Wachowski from a script she co-wrote with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchel, The Matrix Resurrections stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Toby Onwumere, Eréndira Ibarra, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Andrew Caldwell, Brian J. Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
The Matrix Resurrections is currently set to hit theaters and HBO Max on December 22, 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the film and be sure to subscribe to The Hamden Journal’s YouTube channel for more original video content.