Resurrections is the title of the fourth instalment of the popular sci-fi film franchise The Matrix, according to Warner Bros.
The company also debuted the first footage from the picture, which stars Hollywood star Keanu Reeves, at a scaled-down CinemaCon in Las Vegas, touted as “the world’s largest meeting of movie theatre owners.”
Lana Wachowski, one half of the Wachowskis who directed all three films in the trilogy alongside her sister Lilly, has written and directed the next feature. Carrie-Anne Moss, who starred in the original trilogy, also returns for the fourth sequel.
The trailer was shown to CinemaCon attendees but not released online, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the trailer, Reeves’ character Thomas Anderson (not Neo, as he was in the original trilogy) is in treatment and tells his therapist (Neil Patrick Harris), “I had nightmares that weren’t just nightmares. Is it possible that I am insane?”
He gets a feeling that something is wrong with the world, but he has no idea what The Matrix is. He later meets a woman (Moss) in a coffee shop. They exchange handshakes, but neither of them recalls the other. Meanwhile, Thomas spends his days dosing up on prescription blue pills and pondering why everyone seems to be addicted to their phones, with him being the odd man out.
Later, Thomas meets a mystery man (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who looks a lot like Morpheus, the freedom fighter played by Laurence Fishburne in the first trilogy. The stranger gives Thomas a red pill, which is emblematic of the franchise’s premise, and shortly footage showing him with powers, recognising The Matrix for what it is, plays out.
The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson; Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, James Wan’s Malignant, Clint Eastwood’s neo-Western Cry Macho, The Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark, and King Richard, starring Will Smith, were among the Warner Bros. pictures showcased at CinemaCon.
CinemaCon is being viewed as Warner Bros’ attempt to reassure the exhibition business that the studio is still in the game of theatrical releases, eight months after announcing that its full 2021 slate would be released on the same day in theatres and on WarnerMedia’s HBO Max streaming service.
The company’s December revelation prompted outrage among theatre owners and artists, including director Christopher Nolan and Villeneuve, who had a long-standing relationship with the studio.
Warner Bros. will resume providing films an exclusive theatrical window next year, with its 2022 slate hitting theatres for 45 days, according to a contract announced earlier this month. Meanwhile, Batgirl and Blue Beetle, two upcoming DC superhero films, will be broadcast on HBO Max.