The Matrix Resurrections debuted in theaters and on HBO Max on December 22nd
We might have finally reached the end of the Matrix movies after The Matrix Resurrections opened the door for more Neo and Trinity adventures. Producer James McTeigue talked to Collider on December 26th, and he was very open that there aren’t currently any plans for a prequel, sequel, or anything further in the trilogy.
The box office numbers could have had something to do with this decision, but those hadn’t been fully revealed at the time of the interview. McTeigue did mention, unsurprisingly, that finances always play a big part in determining the future of the next movie.
"There’s always the financial part of it. There’s always the filmmakers who want to make the films, and there’s always the studios or the streamers who have the money to facilitate that. So yeah. It’s always a business equation as much as it is a creative equation."
Is The Matrix Resurrections really the last of the Matrix movies?
When The Matrix Resolutions released in 2003, we thought we’d seen the last of Agent Smith and his cohorts as well as Neo and Trinity. Eighteen years later, we were proven wrong and more than a little surprised when Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss signed on to reprise their characters.
But now the box office numbers have come in, and having grossed $140 million against a budget of $190 million, the movie was, regrettably, a box-office flop. So it’s not difficult to see that an additional movie could be tossing money down the drain. For as much as The Matrix was loved beginning in 1999, it may have played out its interest. While it’s certainly possible we could be looking at another Matrix movie down the road, it’s not on the radar at present.
"Look, for us, I think, at the moment, it’s just the movie you’ve seen. We’ve got no prequel in mind. We’ve got no sequel in mind. We’ve got no further trilogy.But I think the film also works where it’s really open to audience interpretation, like what happened in those 60 years before they fished Neo out again, or Thomas Anderson to Neo. When Neo and Trinity are there at the end, and they’re talking with the analyst, what do they actually mean that they’re going to change? So I think that it’s out there, but it’s not in our wheelhouse at the moment."