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The Matrix is one of the most beloved action films of all time. It has a remarkably original plot that hooked audiences in from the start. Its sequels 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions didn’t quite live up to their predecessor. Nevertheless, the action movie franchise flourished at the box office. Mega fans are trying to figure out details about The Matrix Resurrections‘ plot, but the trailer only tells so much. Co-writer David Mitchell recently opened up about what the movie isn’t about.

‘The Matrix Resurrections’ is not a reboot

'The Matrix Resurrection' plot with Keanu Reeves as Neo/Thomas Anderson walking down a wet, dark street with a neon sign in the background
Keanu Reeves as Neo/Thomas Anderson | Warner Bros. Pictures

The Matrix is finally making a return after 18 years of silence. Some fans have wondered if The Matrix Resurrections is a reboot, prequel, or a sequel. The upcoming franchise installment is a sequel to 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic delayed the movie’s production. As a result, director and co-writer Lana Wachowski nearly shelved the project. However, she ultimately decided to complete the film.

The Matrix Resurrections takes place 20 years after The Matrix Revolutions. Neo (Keanu Reeves) is living a normal life in San Francisco under the name Thomas A. Anderson. His therapist prescribes him blue pills and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) is a complete stranger to him. Morpheus (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) gives Neo a red pill, which reintroduces him to the world of the Matrix. This is the vague idea of the teased premise.

‘The Matrix Resurrections’ plot is a secret

The Matrix Resurrections‘ plot is a secret that the filmmaker and the studio don’t want to give away. Mitchell is also on board with this idea. However, To Vima recently interviewed Mitchell to talk about the upcoming sequel. A Redditor translated the Greek interview into English.

“I saw the film in Berlin in September,” Mitchell said. “It’s really good. I cannot tell you what this film is about, but I could explain what it is not. It’s certainly not yet one more sequel, but something autonomous that contains however the three Matrix that preceded in a really ingenious way. It’s a very beautiful and weird creation. It also achieves a couple of things that we do not see in action films, meaning it subverts the rules of blockbusters.”

Co-writer David Mitchell explains how the movie came from grief


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Mitchell’s involvement came about in an interesting way. He isn’t new to working with the Wachowskis. Additionally, he expanded on how The Matrix Resurrections comes from a very personal place.

“I cannot say much about the film, but I can share the unexpected story of how an obscure British novelist found himself involved with this project,” Mitchell said to To Vima. “Lana and Lilly Wachowski adapted theatrically, in collaboration with Tom Tykwer, my novel Cloud Atlas in 2012. Then we collaborated in the series Sense8.”

Mitchel continued: “Their parents died a few years ago in a short period of time of a few months from each other and Lana in her grief had an idea for a new Matrix. When she revealed it to me, I immediately accepted with joy to contribute to the script.”

The Matrix Resurrections hits theaters and HBO Max on Dec. 22.