Zak Penn Talks Reviving “The Matrix”

“Ready Player One” screenwriter Zak Penn has worked on many major franchises in his time from “X-Men” to “Avengers” to “Thor,” but one project he’s attached to is making even him nervous – the next story in “The Matrix” film universe.

Speaking with Screen Rant this week, where he also revealed he penned a “Suicide Squad 2” draft as a favor, he offered insight on where his work with “The Matrix” is at almost exactly a full year after the project was revealed.

At the time he confirmed the film will be a new story set in the same continuity as opposed to a reboot or remake. This week he says:

“I’ve been working on Matrix right now. Which is in…a phase right now. That’s a franchise I desperately want to see brought back and, I can’t go in to too much detail, but I’ve been harassing Warner Bros. for years to try to get it going again so that’s one thing I’m working on and I’ve been working on a bunch of other things too.

I will fight people who don’t under…look, I think OASIS (the interconnected virtual space in Ready Player One) is similar, both the Matrix and OASIS are similar in that they are brilliant ideas for universes. And they are not, you know, when it came out about Matrix, people were like ‘Oh no, there going to reboot Matrix’ I was like, Why, I’m not insane. I mean, the Matrix is still one of my favorite…they’d re-release The Matrix and people would go see it.

So I just think that universe is brilliant, I think OASIS is like the action-comedy version of that and it doesn’t always have to be the same characters, you could go in so many different directions so…

Penn sadly didn’t offer an update on when we can expect to see some more serious progress on the project made.