A Fifth ‘Matrix’ Movie Is Going Ahead Without the Wachowskis’ Direct Involvement

Get ready to plug back into the Matrix. Warner Brothers just announced its plans for a fifth installment of the groundbreaking cyberpunk film series, written and directed by director Drew Goddard of Cabin in the Woods fame.

As The Hollywood Reporter noted, this marks the first Matrix film that will be made without Lana and Lilly Wachowski’s direct involvement, though Lana will serve as an executive producer on the project. Goddard is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter with plenty of science fiction and horror chops. He got his start writing for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lost before penning screenplays for Cloverfield, World War Z, and The Martian, the last of which earned him an Oscar. He also co-wrote Cabin in the Woods with Joss Whedon, the 2011 meta-horror film that served as his directorial debut.

Given Goddard’s track record of flipping the script (literally) on established sci-fi and horror tropes, it’s exciting to consider what directions he might take the beloved franchise. Jesse Ehrman, president of production at Warner Bros. Motion Pictures, said in a statement that Goddard had approached the studio “with a new idea that we all believe would be an incredible way to continue the Matrix world, by both honoring what Lana and Lilly began over 25 years ago.”

“It is not hyperbole to say The Matrix films changed both cinema and my life,” Goddard said, per THR. “Lana and Lilly’s exquisite artistry inspires me on a daily basis, and I am beyond grateful for the chance to tell stories in their world.”

Lilly Wachowski previously stepped away from the franchise before 2021’s Matrix Resurrections, saying that “the idea of going backward and being a part of something that I had done before that was expressly unappealing” and sharing that personal traumas like the loss of her parents had left her reluctant to revisit that chapter of her life. Resurrections, released 18 years after The Matrix Revolution, was instead directed solely by Lana, who said that she found it “immediately comforting” to return to the classic sci-fi characters after the family’s loss.

On the heels of her Showtime series Work in Progress, which ran from 2019 to 2021, Lilly Wachowski is scheduled to make her solo directorial debut with the forthcoming Trash Mountain, a film about a gay Chicago man (Caleb Hearon) who returns to Missouri in the aftermath of his hoarder father’s death.

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