Originally written By Sandy Schaefer for Screen Rant
The Matrix concept artists Geofrey Darrow and Steve Skroce are returning for Matrix 4, with John Toll serving as cinematographer. For the past two years, there've been rumors about Warner Bros. continuing The Matrix franchise in some fashion, whether it be with an "expansion" written by Zak Penn (Ready Player One) or a reboot starring Michael B. Jordan. More recently, John Wick trilogy director (and Matrix trilogy stunt coordinator) Chad Stahelski revealed The Matrix creators Lana and Lilly Wachowski were working on a new movie, before walking back his claim.
WB finally let the cat out of the bag this week and confirmed that Lana is directing and co-writing a fourth Matrix film with novelists Aleksander Hemon (The Lazarus Project) and David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas). Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are also set to reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity in the film, with additional casting news expected to arrive in the foreseeable future. Until then, there've been some updates on the film's behind the scenes crew.
Darrow has now confirmed (via his Twitter account) that he and Skroce are coming back for Matrix 4, and have already been working on the film for the past eight weeks. Elsewhere, THR has learned that Toll will serve as Matrix 4's director of photography, following his previous collaborations with the Wachowskis on their films Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending, as well as their Netflix series Sense8.
In addition to serving as (respectively) a conceptual designer and storyboard artist on The Matrix, Darrow and Skroce also worked on The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, and has since collaborated with the Wachowskis on their live-action Speed Racer movie. The pair's work was a big part of what made the original Matrix especially unique visually, from its stylized and frequently-imitated Bullet Time sequences to its more nightmarish sci-fi imagery of Neo having a tracking "bug" planted into him by Agent Smith, and humans being "plugged" into The Matrix like gooey batteries in the real world. Needless to say, it's encouraging to know they're reuniting with Lana Wachowski for Matrix 4, and already hard at work coming up with fresh concepts for the film.
The Wachowskis' post-Matrix work has been characterized by similarly lofty visuals combined with fluid and dynamic camerawork, in large part thanks to Toll's own contributions to their ambitious, typically mind-bending, and often fascinatingly bizarre body of sci-fi projects. His involvement with The Matrix 4 is exciting for related reasons, and should further help to make the movie feel like a continuation of the initial trilogy visually, but with enough new elements to avoid coming off as derivative. Hopefully, with production due to begin near the top of 2020, fans won't have to wait too long to get a taste (however small) of what The Matrix 4 team is cooking up behind closed doors.