There is some big news coming from Warner Bros. that the Wachowski siblings have started working on a new “Matrix” trilogy. It has been 11 years since “The Matrix Revolutions” concluded the first trilogy where Keanu Reeves Neo became the savior for the world that had been enslaved by computers. Since the project is apparently in its script stages, the new trilogy would hit about 15 years after the original trilogy ended.
Right now, the rumors indicate these movies will be prequels that will head back to the birth of the Matrix itself. While the new “Matrix” trilogy won’t be confirmed until Warner Bros. reports actual release dates, it should at least excite fans of the original trilogy. It also won’t be the first time that a studio has revisited a popular franchise over a decade after its last installment.
James Cameron directed the first “Terminator” in 1984, a sci-fi horror movie about a robot sent back from the future to assassinate the mother of the leader of the resistance before he could be born. That Terminator was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and found himself not only trying to kill the mother but also fighting a resistance fighter sent back to stop him. Seven years later, the same Terminator returned to the past, this time as a good guy, to save the resistance leader himself as a young boy from a new robot killer. 12 years later, the franchise returned and the war between the robots and humans was set up. It only took six years after that for it to head into a story of the aftermath of the war’s start. Overall, there was 25 years between the first movie and the fourth.
The first “Superman” movie was released in 1978 with Christopher Reeve starring as the Man of Steel. A sequel came out two years later, a third one three years later and then a fourth on in 1987. That fourth movie pretty much killed the franchise. However, in 2006, “X-Men” director Bryan Singer was hired to bring Superman back to life. Instead of re-booting the franchise as Zack Snyder did in 2013, Singer made his movie a sequel to “Superman II,” while ignoring the third and fourth movies. As a result, there was 26 years between “Superman II” and its sequel “Superman Returns.”
George Lucas released “Star Wars” in 1977 and created a phenomenon. He soon released “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980 and “Return of the Jedi” in 1983. After those three movies, “Star Wars” sat on top of many people’s list of favorite franchises of all time. That made George Lucas’ announcement that he was going to make a new trilogy of prequels a source of excitement for fans. After they were released, many fans regretted wishing for more movies. “Phantom Menace” came out in 1999 with its sequels hitting in 2002 and 2005. That meant there was 16 years between the first and second trilogy. It will be 10 years between that second trilogy and the continuation that will hit in 2015.
Source: Latino Review