Cinescape Online (US), August 24, 1999
Reeves Close to 'Matrix' Sequels
Though it has been rumored before, word has it that Keanu Reeves is on the verge of signing a deal to participate in two sequels to Warner Bros. hit The Matrix that looks to net the actor a truckload of money. According to Variety columnist, Michael Fleming, once he signs, Reeves will be guaranteed $30M plus 15% of the film’s gross.
Regarding production of the sequels, starting in fall 2000 Larry and Andy Wachowski will begin work on shooting the second and third films back to back, confirming comments made by producer Spencer Lamm at the San Diego ComicCon International and reported in Saturday, August 14th’s Insider. Fleming reports that the shooting schedule for the films is likely to be in the 250 day range.
The columnist also reports that Reeves is in the running to star in a remake of the 1968 romance Sweet September for WB. Should he sign on, Reeves will likely participate in that project first before Matrix 2 and 3 starts up.
As yet, Warner Bros. hasn’t worked out deals with Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss to reprise their roles from the first film, but this would seem to be imminent due to the signing of Reeves.