Lana Wachowski on Back to History


Neo looks at Trinity who appears to be infected with some sort of Matrix technology.

Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss).
Screenshot: Warner Bros.

One of the most surprising things about Matrix resurrections when it was announced for the first time was the news that Lilly Wachowski wasn’t coming back lead the project alongside his sister Lana, with whom she wrote and directed the first three films. Although Lilly gave her sister and the rest of the film‘s creative team her blessing, she ultimately chose not to return for the fourth installment for a number of reasons, including her grueling work schedule.

In addition to her own professional obligations, Lilly having recently become transgender and the death of her two parents five weeks apart, were also factored into her decision not to be part of. Resurrections. For Lilly, Resurrections was an important part of her previous life that she wasn’t particularly interested in returning to, which is more than understandable on many levels.

Since then, the Hollywood hype machine has worked hard to put audiences on a frenzy before Matrix resurrectionscreation this fall. The fact that this is the first Matrix not being designed by its two sibling co-creators is out of the news cycle. But the subject came recently in a roundabout way to this year Berlin International Literature Festival, where Lana Wachowski spoke during a panel on screenwriting.

Although Lana did not explain the reasons why her sister moved from Matrix franchise, she spoke about how their parents’ deaths also impacted her feelings about Resurrections and his decision to make Neo and Trinity a central part of the new story.

“My brain always reached my imagination and one night I was crying and couldn’t sleep, and my brain blew up the whole thing,” Wachowski said. “And I couldn’t have my mom and dad, but suddenly I had Neo and Trinity, arguably the two most important characters in my life.”

Matrix revolutionsThe first trailer features some glimpses of Neo (Keanu Reeves) in the Matrix where he meets Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), who apparently doesn’t remember him apart from a vague sense of déjà vu when they premiered. meet. While at least some of the past comes back to Trinity and Neo – who also don’t fully remember the events of the previous films – the trailer definitely does. Resurrections looks like it might feel like a soft reboot meant to remind audiences what it was like to see The matrix for the first time. For Lana Wachowski, bringing Neo and Trinity back was both cathartic and healing.

“It was immediately heartwarming to have these two characters alive again, and it’s super simple,” Wachowski explained. “You can look at him and say, ‘okay these two people die and okay bring these two people back to life and oh, doesn’t that feel good? Yeah, it’s done! It’s simple, and that’s what art does and that’s what stories do, they comfort us.

Matrix resurrections hits theaters and on HBO Max on December 22.


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