New ‘Matrix’ Movie In Works At Warner Bros From Drew Goddard

Drew Goddard, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Martian who also directed The Cabin in the Woods, has been set to write and direct a new Matrix movie at Warner Bros. The franchise’s original co-scribe and co-director Lana Wachowski is executive producing.

It’s still early days in regards to whether core cast members Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne-Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving and Jada Pinkett Smith are coming back.

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Goddard will produce with partner Sarah Esberg (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk) via their Goddard Textiles banner.

“Drew came to Warner Bros with a new idea that we all believe would be an incredible way to continue the Matrix world, by both honoring what Lana and Lilly began over 25 years ago and offering a unique perspective based on his own love of the series and characters,” said Jesse Ehrman, Warner Bros Motion Pictures President of Production. “The entire team at Warner Bros Discovery is thrilled for Drew to be making this new Matrix film, adding his vision to the cinematic canon the Wachowskis spent a quarter of a century building here at the studio.”

Said Goddard, “It is not hyperbole to say The Matrix films changed both cinema and my life. Lana and Lilly’s exquisite artistry inspires me on a daily basis, and I am beyond grateful for the chance to tell stories in their world.”

For those who’ve never seen a Matrix movie, the 1999 original follows a computer hacker, beaten down by a humdrum day job, who is lured by beautiful stranger into a cyber underworld where a greater war is going on with the real world. The movie revolutionized filmmaking VFX with its 120-camera, bullet-time green screen action sequence.

Goddard, whose box office credits count $1.5 billion at the global box office, received an Academy Award nomination for his adapted screenplay for The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. The pic notched six additional Oscar nominations including Best Picture and also won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy. Goddard wrote such movies as Cloverfield and World War Z, and wrote and directed The Cabin in the Woods and Bad Times at the El Royale.

Goddard began his career writing on the ’90s hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His TV credits include Angel, Alias, Lost, Daredevil and The Good Place.

Upcoming, Goddard wrote and will serve as an EP on Amazon MGM Studios’ Project Hail Mary, which Phil Lord and Chris Miller will direct and Ryan Gosling will headline.

Under his Goddard Textiles banner, he is currently in production on the ABC series High Potential starring Kaitlin Olson.

Through four movies — The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions and The Matrix Resurrections — have grossed $1.8 billion around the world. The franchise has won four Oscars.

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