We’ve been seeing casting news breaks for the next Matrix movie for a while now, but one big question has remained: when will the film actually see the inside of cinemas. Now we know the answer, as Warner Bros. has announced it’ll be out in May 2021.
Lana Wachowski is returning to the director’s chair for the new movie, with Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith all back and new faces including Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick and Aquaman/Watchmen‘s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.SPONSORED CONTENTSubscribe to Empire for just £3.40 per monthBy Empire
But there is a downside to the news, especially for anyone who had been anticipating some actual progress on the live-action version of Akira. The studio has handed that film’s slot to the new Matrix, and yanked the Manga adaptation off the schedule for now, most likely because of director Taika Waititi’s busy schedule. The film had a production tax credit and looking to be going forward, but this signals yet more of a delay.
And the other slight issue? That release date puts the film on the same day as John Wick: Chapter 4. Neo vs. Wick? Keanu against Keanu? Someone will be blinking, we figure.
Elsewhere, we also might finally know when another long-gestating, director-swapping movie will head our way, as the standalone DC Flash movie starring Ezra Miller has been dated for July 2022. It‘s Andy Muschietti is currently on board to direct that one.
With all the streaming services and new channels arriving, there has been a fresh demand for new content – a lot of it driven by nostalgia and that dreaded term “established IP”. The latest to raid the back catalogue is WarnerMedia’s incoming HBO Max service, which has put a TV spin-off from the National Lampoon’s Vacation films with Big Bang Theory acting veteran Johnny Galecki on to produce.
The Middle‘s Tim Hobert will run the show, which brings the iconic family (originally fronted by Chevy Chase as accident-prone Clark) home from their various travels and explores their daily lives in the suburbs of Chicago… So… National Lampoon’s Staycation? The actual title is The Griswolds, and while Galecki played Rusty in 1989’s Christmas Vacation, there’s no word on whether he’ll step in front of the camera for this one.