A panel discussion at the Tribeca Film Festival this year found Keanu Reeves, Thomas Jane and director Wachowski brothers discussing The Matrix trilogy in 2003, the last movie in the beloved series that was followed by the spin-off sequels The Matrix Revolutions in 2003 and The Matrix: Reloaded in 2003.
The audience was presented with a pre-production art gallery as well as early concept art that involved Neo (Reeves) and Morpheus (Jane) during various portrayals of the role.
Elements included an oil painting of Neo forming a single eye with his hand. A fan theory was that it is an image of he and Morpheus following a kiss that signifies that The Matrix will never be destroyed.
The panel also featured a section on bringing back the Wachowskis as direct by possibly directing a prequel or sequel film. The two cameos the Matrix movies were criticised for were still taboo for speculation about the future.
During this segment, Reeves spoke of how he was never sure whether he wanted to reprise the role and Jane discussed the thought process behind his character, the much-beloved antagonist-turned-collaborator Morpheus.
Fans of the series such as Screen Rant commented, ” ‘This is our movie, this is our universe, this is our story!’ was the easiest part for me and Keanu.
“That was the easy part to reprise the role of Neo and Morpheus. The biggest challenge was capturing that in a way that makes the movie completely different than the first movie,” Reeves said.
The Wachowskis tried several times to get the project off the ground, but the trilogy took years to get done. In an interview with Interview magazine this year, Wachowski said The Matrix Resurrections will be directed by someone besides the three brothers: “We haven’t said who it is.”