Back to the Future
by Liane Bonin
A sequel to "The Matrix" may be in the works. EW Online checks in as the Wachowski Brothers plot their next move
When "The Matrix" rolled into theaters last month, sibling writer-directors Larry and Andy Wachowski ("Bound") could barely stomach the idea of working again, much less hammering out a sequel to their sci-fi epic. "This is our final picture," Larry Wachowski joked to EW Online. "Fifty years from now you can talk to us at our two-film retrospective." But now that the movie has raked in more than $117 million, the sibling scribes seem to be changing their tune.
This week the pair powwowed with "Matrix" producer Joel Silver and Warner Bros. executives. Though only the participants know for sure what topics were discussed, Silver, who managed to squeeze four films out of his "Lethal Weapon" franchise, hasn't been shy about his hankering for a "Matrix" sequel. "Not even as a filmmaker, but as a viewer, I'd like to know what happens to these characters, what happens to the story and where it goes," Silver says.
Though the brothers had been hard at work on the comic-book adaptation of "V for Vendetta," another journey into the future with Neo and the gang is likely to get a strong push from studio brass for logistical reasons. According to Larry, it took a total of six years of writing, planning, research and development to get "The Matrix" in the can, and fans aren't likely to wait another six years for the next installment.
What's more, the brothers admit to a love for telling multipart stories. "Because we grew up on comic books and the Tolkien trilogy, one of the things we're interested in is bringing serial fiction to cinema," Larry explains. "If you could have a film where you don't get to the hour-and-a-half mark and know, 'Okay, here it comes, the big wrap-up,' but instead you have no idea how the movie's going to end, I think that would be very exciting." Brother Andy puts his desire to shake up viewers a bit more bluntly. "We think movies are fairly boring and predictable. We want to screw with audience's expectations." Hey, we're expecting a sequel, Andy, so please don't screw with that.