This was something I met with a not-so-good feeling about. A Matrix remake was in the works… but why? Having been a fan of the original Matrix (the first one, those other two were, well, meh) I have not a trend with reboots that try to piggyback on their predecessor’s wave but subsequently failing to.
I’m not just babbling, let me take Total Recall , for example. The original 1990 movie starring “the governator” Arnold Schwarzenegger with a budget of US$50-65 million managed to get US$261.3 million at the box office. It’s 2012 remake, however with a budget almost double of the original (US$125 million) only managed to get US$198.5 million. You don’t have to be a genius to get the mathematics here.
It’s not just about the financials here but also about the movie itself. A remake will also be in the shadow of it’s original. Even the Conan remake of 2011 (which unlike the Total Recall remake made a loss) could not live up to the hype of the original 1982 movie, even with the modern special effects and props.
The Wachowski Brothers (who wrote and directed the initial trilogy) are not involved in this reboot, which begs the question, “how do you aim to do a reboot of a project without involving the creators?”. Keanu Reeves has made it public that he will only accept an offer to appear in the reboot if the Wachowski brothers are part of it. So no Wachowski brothers, no Keanu and I’m guessing noone from the original trilogy, that’s a no from me.
It makes one wonder if Hollywood is running out of ideas or…? I think I’ll rather wait for John Wick: Chapter 2… I could be wrong but this looks like a bomb waiting to implode. What do you think? Hit me up in the comments section
P.S. Rumour has it that Michael B. Jordan (Creed from Creed) is set to play the main role of Neo…