New "Matrix" eyes 2003
by Carl DiOrio
HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Warner Bros. will bow "Matrix Reloaded" in a simultaneous domestic and foreign wide release pegged for May 2003, sources said.
Industry observers had expected a fourth-quarter 2002 roll-out of the sequel to 1999's Keanu Reeves blockbuster "The Matrix." But Warner Bros. distribution president Dan Fellman said, "We never have had it scheduled."
Warner Bros. won't officially confirm the tentative 2003 plans, with Fellman noting that shooting has yet to start although early effects work is going well. "We are right on schedule with the film," he said.
A third "Matrix" picture is also in pre-production.