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John Wick director on the possibility of adding more Matrix stars into future instalments

Chad Stahelski, director of the John Wick trilogy, has discussed whether there is a possibility of adding more The Matrix actors, in addition to Laurence Fishburne’s Bowery King, in future instalments of the franchise.

In an interview with ComicBookMovie, this is what the director had to say about inserting The Matrix actors such as Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving down the line:

“You know, Keanu and I talk a lot about where we want to go. We didn’t finish John Wick 3 and have this great big plan of how to go into Chapter 4. It’s something we’re constantly thinking about and we try not to force things,” Stahelski said.

“I certainly don’t want to include a cast member to try to get somebody in as a gag and work a story around that. If we create these great characters and you know, in my head, it
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John Wick Director Open To Casting More Matrix Actors For Chapter 4

As far as cinematic reunions go, the one involving Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne in John Wick: Chapter 2 is a tough one to beat.

When Chad Stahelski’s super-slick actioner released in 2017, it marked the first time since The Matrix trilogy that Reeves and Fishburne shared the screen together. And with talk of a fourth installment taking flight at Warner Bros., one can’t help but wonder: will Stahelski go one step further and welcome Carrie-Anne Moss to John Wick: Chapter 4? It would certainly complete the, er, trinity…

All jokes aside, when Cbm caught up with Chad Stahelski, they posed that very question to the filmmaker, who conceded that, while Chapter 4 already has a release date locked in, the finer details of John Wick’s next big-screen adventure still need to be ironed out.

You know, Keanu and I talk a lot about where we want to go.
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The Matrix 4 Working Title Has Been Revealed

Last month, we finally received official confirmation that the previously rumored Matrix 4 is currently in the works, and while details on the project are still in short supply, the latest issue of Production Weekly offers some early insight.

For one thing, we now know that working title for Lana Wachowski’s upcoming flick is “Project Ice Cream,” which sounds like a pretty fun idea for a film in itself. Beyond that, Production Weekly has reported that the movie is expected to begin shooting in mid-February of 2020, with Chicago being the primary location. If all goes to plan, then it sounds like we could be seeing the film in theaters as soon as 2021.

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The piece also reaffirms a few previously reported details, including the involvement of Lana Wachowski, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.
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‘Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks’ Documentary Bought for Digital Release

  • Variety
Giant Pictures has acquired worldwide digital rights excluding Svod and Australia/New Zealand to Serge Ou’s documentary “Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The deal was unveiled Friday. The film held its world premiere at the recent Melbourne International Film Festival and will have its Us premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. The film will be released on digital platforms and DVD on Sept. 17 to coincide with the Fantastic Fest premiere.

“Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks” covers such landmarks in martial arts and entertainment as the popularization of the kung fu genre through the Shaw Brothers Studios in Hong Kong during the 1960s and the blockbuster Matrix franchise, which included “The Matrix” in 1999 and the sequels “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions,” both in 2003.

The producer is Veronica Fury for WildBear Entertainment, which produces more than 150 hours of factual screen content for the global market every year,
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Laurence Fishburne, Jared Harris & Jillian Bell to be Feted at San Diego Intl. Film Festival

  • Variety
Laurence Fishburne, Jared Harris & Jillian Bell to be Feted at San Diego Intl. Film Festival
The San Diego International Film Festival will honor Laurence Fishburne with the annual Gregory Peck Award, Jared Harris with the Cinema Vanguard Award and Jillian Bell with the Fairbanks Award, Variety learned exclusively. The festival, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, will present the awards at the Night of the Stars Tribute on Oct. 18 at downtown’s Pendry San Diego hotel.

The festival, celebrating its 18th year, will take place Oct. 15-18, including six gala features screenings: “Jojo Rabbit,” “Motherless Brooklyn,” “A Hidden Life,” “Kill Team,” “Clemency” and “Marriage Story.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to honor Lawrence, Jared and Jillian for their roles in the industry. These awards are merely an indication of all the fine work they have already done, and will continue to do so in the future,” said Tonya Mantooth, CEO and artistic director of the festival.

Fishburne’s many roles include Morpheus in the “Matrix” series.
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The History of Bad Ideas – Episode 296: Dueling Heart Attacks!

  • Nerdly
Emanating from their studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, The History of Bad Ideas sees hosts Jason, Jeff and Blake talk about all things geeky on their podcast. Whether it’s rumours of the latest comic book movies, debating who really is the worst villain of all time, discussing the latest comic issues or just wondering about life in general, you are sure to have a fun time with them! In theory.

If you haven’t listened to the show before – why not? – you can check out previous episodes of The History of Bad Ideas podcast on iTunes and look out for new episodes here on Nerdly each and every week…

Episode 296: Dueling Heart Attacks!

The Hobi gang has Disney expert Doug back in the studio to correct what the guys got wrong the last few weeks! Plus Jason finally saw Shazam, Blake goes to Burning Man, the crew is divided on the Joker film,
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The Matrix 4: Can It Work?

Tom Jolliffe looks at the prospect of The Matrix 4

2019 signalled a number of cinematic anniversaries and milestones. It is after all, the year of Blade Runner (the setting of the original film). It also marked the 20 year anniversary of a certain Keanu Reeves-led film that revolutionised visual effects and re-galvanised a sci-fi genre that was suffering from a long slew of dire entries.

When the film first came out it came after Keanu Reeves had been on something of a post-Speed lull. A few exceptions aside, nothing had quite gone right. His blockbusters also failed to hook into that midas touched that Reeves had between time travelling in a phone booth and trying to stop an unstoppable bus. There weren’t huge expectations, and given Reeve’s previous sci-fi blockbuster, Johnny Mnemonic was such an unmitigated disaster, many had written The Matrix off as essentially Johnny Mnemonic 2. Cut
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Here’s How Keanu Reeves Could Look As Neo In The Matrix 4

Now that The Matrix 4 has been made official, I’m sure I know how Star Wars fans felt when The Force Awakens arrived in theaters back in 2015. Granted, we’re talking about a mere announcement and not an actual opening weekend, but this is something I’ve been waiting to hear since 2003.

What especially made all this exciting was confirmation on both Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss returning to the franchise. I’ll explore what this may mean momentarily, but let’s first focus on aesthetics, shall we?

Most recently, digital artist iHasanKazi shared a piece on Instagram illustrating how Reeves may appear in a fourth Matrix flick. As you can see, the trench coat from the first movie’s infamous lobby scene has made a comeback, while the John Wick beard is carried over. Considering how Reeves has become synonymous with that facial hair these days, it wouldn
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The Matrix 4: 5 Fan Theories That Are Too Crazy To Work (& 5 That Could Actually Happen)

In the current climate of Hollywood sequels, prequels, remakes, and reboots, one franchise getting dusted off is causing some actual excitement rather than dread. The possibility of a fourth Matrix film was recently announced, with several returning cast members under the guidance of at least one Wachowski sister. When The Matrix premiered in 1999, it was one of the most original and groundbreaking films of all time, changing the genre of science fiction and movie-making forever.

The sequels that followed were not looked upon so favorably, and it remains to be seen just how much of their storylines the fourth film will draw on. For instance, Neo, the main protagonist of the trilogy, sacrificed himself for humanity in the third film, so how he'll return is up for debate. Fan theories have taken hold of the internet, with some seemingly plausible, and others as far-fetched as Mouse getting with the Woman in the Red Dress.
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Matrix 4 Is Officially in the Works With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and More

  • BuzzSugar
Prepare to reenter the Matrix, folks - the fourth installment of the Matrix franchise is officially in development with original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss signed on to reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively. So, if you've been itching to whip out the hair gel, black trenchcoat, and black shades, this is your time.

As first reported by Variety, Lana Wachowski is returning to write and direct the untitled Matrix 4, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement on Tuesday, saying "Lana is a true visionary - a singular and original creative filmmaker - and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe."

The three previous Matrix movies - The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions - have all been written and directed by Lana and her sister,
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Matrix 4 Is Officially in the Works With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and More

  • Popsugar
Prepare to reenter the Matrix, folks - the fourth installment of the Matrix franchise is officially in development with original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss signed on to reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively. So, if you've been itching to whip out the hair gel, black trenchcoat, and black shades, this is your time.

As first reported by Variety, Lana Wachowski is returning to write and direct the untitled Matrix 4, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement on Tuesday, saying "Lana is a true visionary - a singular and original creative filmmaker - and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe."

The three previous Matrix movies - The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions - have all been written and directed by Lana and her sister,
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Laurence Fishburne to Produce ‘Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ Series for Disney Channel

  • Variety
Laurence Fishburne to Produce ‘Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ Series for Disney Channel
Laurence Fishburne is stepping into the animation game.

The “Matrix” star is set to executive produce “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,” an animated series which has been given the greenlight at Disney Channel.

Based on Marvel’s comic book series, the show hails from from Disney Television Animation and follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette and her ten-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur. After Lunella accidentally brings Devil Dinosaur into present-day New York City via a time vortex, the duo works together to protect the city’s Lower East Side from danger.

Fishburne announced the series at Disney’s D23 Expo convention on Saturday.

“As an avid comic book fan, I am thrilled to be involved with ‘Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.’ Disney Channel is the perfect platform to explore this pint-sized female African American superhero and I can’t wait for their audience to enjoy
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‘The Matrix 4’ Taps Oscar-Winning Cinematographer John Toll

‘The Matrix 4’ Taps Oscar-Winning Cinematographer John Toll
“The Matrix 4” is shaping up to be a major event, with Lana Wachowski at the helm to direct and co-write alongside fiction writers Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell, one of the most visionary sci-fi writers of our time. But another artist has joined the ranks.

Cinematographer John Toll will lens the fourth installment in “The Matrix” franchise. He is an Academy Award winner for “Braveheart” and “Legends of the Fall,” and was also nominated for Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line.” Toll also shot Ang Lee’s box-office failure “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” at an extra-high frame rate of 120 frames per second, an experiment that Lee will tinker with once again for “Gemini Man.”

Wachowski previously worked with Toll on the much-maligned “Jupiter Ascending,” the shuttered Netflix series “Sense8,” and the ambitious “Cloud Atlas,” based on the time-hopping novel by “Matrix 4” scribe David Mitchell.

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A Look Back At The Matrix Sequels

It’s been fifteen years since the release of The Matrix Reloaded, the sequel to one of the most successful, beloved and influential sci-fi/action films of all time. Eric Bay-Andersen discusses whether time has done anything to improve the less-than-stellar reputation that Reloaded and trilogy-capper Revolutions have received since then…

The first Matrix was a game-changer for me – I was thirteen when it was released, and it came along at a time when I was just starting to view movies as something more than distractions or passing amusements. It’s not an understatement to say it blew my mind – here was a film that was not only exciting, intelligent and off-the-charts cool, but which was also sparking discussions about technology, philosophy and religion amongst the movie-going public and in the media as well. Given my love of the first film, I was as hyped as anyone when the sequels were announced,
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10 Most Powerful Villains In The Matrix Trilogy, Ranked

Given the creative, and seemingly boundless premise of The Matrix - a completely constructed virtual world - the potential for a colorful array of interesting villains is endless. And the Wachowski's live up to this potential throughout this epic trilogy, crafting a variety of rich and distinct villains.

Their characteristics, motives, and abilities may be vastly different from one another. They range from machines to human companions to programs that only exist in the virtual realm. But they all pose major threats to our heroes in one way or another during their quest for liberation from the system.

Related: The 5 Best (& 5 Worst) On-Screen Portrayals Of Superman Villains

So without further ado, let's reexamine this memorable palette of Matrix villains, and go over their relative power and influence throughout the trilogy.
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The Week in Movie News: Keanu Reeves to Star in ‘The Matrix 4,’ First ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ Trailer and More

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Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights: Big News The Matrix 4 was officially announced: After years of reboot and sequel rumors, Warner Bros. revealed they’re making a fourth Matrix movie, for which Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will return. Lana Wachowski will co-write and direct the installment, according to Variety. The next James Bond movie got a title: When you’re a franchise as old as the 007...

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The Matrix 4 Gets Oscar-Winning Braveheart Cinematographer John Toll

The Matrix 4 Gets Oscar-Winning Braveheart Cinematographer John Toll
It has only been a few days since the wondrous news dropped that stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss will be once again entering the science fiction world of The Matrix for The Matrix 4. Well, the film seems to be continuing to come together very nicely as it has now been revealed that the Academy-Award winning cinematographer John Toll is in early negotiations to join the much-anticipated film, and put his eye to this iconic post-apocalyptic universe.

John Toll will be taking over from Bill Pope, the man who shot the original Matrix trilogy as well as the live-action sequences featured in the Enter the Matrix video game way back in 2003. Thankfully, Toll may just well be the man for the job, having won not one, but two Academy Awards for Brad Pitt romance Legends of the Fall in 1995, and then for Mel Gibson historical epic Braveheart the following year.
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The Walking Dead Star Wants A Role In The Matrix 4

Tom Payne of The Walking Dead fame is ready to put his martial arts skills to use, and he wants to do it in the newly announced The Matrix 4. After only three seasons with the AMC zombie show, his ass-kicking high-flying Paul “Jesus” Rovia was killed off. It was a role he trained three years for, so one could see how he might be chomping at the bit.

In any case, the Golden Age of Keanu continues, with Warner Bros. just days ago announcing that a fourth Matrix film is in the works. It’ll feature Reeves and his former co-star Carrie-Anne Moss, among others, and Lana Wachowski will return to direct and write. Hoping to be one of those “others,” Payne posted the following to his Twitter page:

Any need for another martial artist in there? https://t.co/IKUGcEouwM

— Tom Payne (@justanactor) August 21, 2019

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Jada Pinkett-Smith Tried To Convince Will Smith To Star In The Matrix

The Matrix is held in great esteem by sci-fi fans. It was thought-provoking, inventive and unique, while still maintaining that overall blockbuster film feel. The original spawned a pair of sequels that are often derided as subpar, though they, too, still have their share of admirers.

Even with the letdown that the sequels turned out to be, the franchise moved into every realm of media. It can be found in everything from comic books to video games and anything else in between. And now, the creators are giving the follow-up game another shot, with a new Matrix film on the way, with many of the original actors returning.

However, knowing that something fresh is coming, it’s hard not to look back and wonder what could have been with the franchise. After all, as with most movies, there was a long production process and casting often goes through many phases.
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‘The Matrix 4’ May Add Cinematographer John Toll

In further evidence that The Matrix 4 has been secretly in development for some time now, the film is already close to locking down its cinematographer. News broke last week that The Matrix trilogy co-writer/co-director Lana Wachowski would be returning to co-write and direct another Matrix sequel with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles, with production eyed to begin in the first half of 2020. Now THR reports that Oscar-winning Legends of the Fall and Braveheart cinematographer John Toll is in talks to sign on. Toll won back-to-back Oscars for …
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