With the anticipation for The Matrix 4, recently titled The Matrix: Resurrections, building day-by-day, sister of the director Lana Wachowski, Lilly, has openly discussed why she didn’t want to come on board for the series’ fourth instalment.
Originally written and directed by both Lana and Lilly Wachowski, the original Matrix trilogy was a cultural behemoth, changing the way that popular action films were consumed and produced behind the scenes. For the fourth film in the series, however, only Lana Wachowski is attached, with Lilly reporting on the TV series Work in Progress that she turned down the chance to work on the brand new film.
Speaking in the programme, Lilly stated, “[Lana] had come up with this idea for another Matrix movie, and we had this talk, and it was actually – we started talking about it in between [our] dad dying and [our] mom dying, which was like five weeks apart”.
Continuing, she noted, “And there was something about the idea of going backward and being a part of something that I had done before that was expressly unappealing”.
With both Lana and Lily going through a gender transition throughout the course of making The Matrix trilogy as well as losing both their parents, Lilly believed that returning to the franchise could have proved too difficult. Speaking in the programme, she explained: “To want to go back to something that I had done before, and sort of [walk] over old paths that I had walked in, felt emotionally unfulfilling…Like I was going to go back and live in these old shoes, in a way. And I didn’t want to do that”.
Announced during the Warner Bros presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the fourth film has been given the name The Matrix: Resurrections, continuing in the series’ religious undertones.
Though the trailer has not yet been released online, Deadline, who were present at the event, reported that the trailer begins with Neo (Keanu Reeves) in the regular world of normality, with his memory of the previous Matrix films feeling like a mere dream. Meeting during a chance encounter at a cafe, Neo and Trinity (Carrie Ann Moss) don’t seem to recognise each other at all.
The Matrix: Resurrections is released in the UK and the US on 22nd December.