We're all happy now that Neo and Trinity will be back in The Matrix Resurrections. But why bring these characters back in the first place? Lana Wachowski has opened up about the decision to revisit the franchise and she has a truly emotional reason for the sequel.
The plan to resurrect The Matrix was teased as early as 2017 but it wasn't until two years later that Warner Bros. confirmed that the sequel is happening. Although fans were delighted that The Matrix 4 was in development, Wachowski has revealed that working on the film was brought on by tragedy.
Wachowski recently took part in a screenwriting panel for the International Literature Festival Berlin where she opened up about why she brought Neo and Trinity back to life.
"My dad died, then this friend died, then my mom died. I didn't really know how to process that kind of grief. I hadn't experienced it that closely ... You know their lives are going to end and yet it was still really hard," Wachowski said.
"My brain has always reached into my imagination and one night, I was crying and I couldn't sleep, and my brain exploded this whole story. And I couldn't have my mom and dad, yet suddenly I had Neo and Trinity, arguably the two most important characters in my life," she added.
Bringing the two characters back gave Wachowski some peace. "It was immediately comforting to have these two characters alive again," she said. "And it's super simple. You can look at it and say: 'ok, these two people die and ok, bring these two people back to life and oh, doesn't that feel good.' Yeah, it did! It's simple, and this is what art does and that's what stories do, they comfort us."
It's truly heartbreaking to know what Lana and her sister Lilly (who chose not to work on The Matrix 4) had been through. However, it is comforting to know that Resurrections helped them recover from all the tragedies in their life. With that in mind, we can't wait to see what The Matrix has in store for us this December.
The Matrix Resurrections will bring back Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as Neo and Trinity, respectively. The sequel will also introduce a new cast that includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Christina Ricci. The film will screen in theaters and on HBO Max on December 22, 2021.