EW.com has exclusive word on "The Matrix" 2. Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss will get "Reloaded" for the sci-fi followup
by William Keck
What is the followup to "The Matrix"? You don't need to swallow a red pill to find out. EW.com has learned that producer Joel Silver has decided on a title for the sequel to Warner Bros.' 1999 blockbuster. The name, according to a studio source: "The Matrix Reloaded." (While Warner Bros. declined to discuss the meaning of the title, fansites will doubtless have a field day.)
"Reloaded," the first of two planned sequels, is due to hit theaters in 2002. Writer - directors Larry and Andy Wachowski began principal photography March 26 in Oakland, Calif., with much of the original cast intact. That means Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Hugo Weaving will all be back, dodging bullets in slo-mo. Joining the original cast are Jada Pinkett Smith and singer/ actress Aaliyah, both of whom have reportedly signed on for the as yet untitled third "Matrix" film.
Shooting of the top secret "Reloaded" will continue in Oakland through June, before taking a summer hiatus (perhaps reinforced by a possible actors' strike), during which the Wachowskis will concentrate on editing and special effects. The cast and crew will then reassemble this September at Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia, to complete filming.
The original sci-fi actioner wowed audiences and brought in over $450 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing film in Warner Bros. history. Before settling on the numberless "Reloaded" title, Silver apparently was considering three other possible monikers. No word on what the rejects were.