The Matrix Resurrections filmmaker James McTeigue has revealed that there is no fifth Matrix film in the making. After the film’s open ending, viewers began to speculate on how a sequel may resolve several significant concerns that remained unanswered in the Matrix universe. The movie’s ending, though, is “open to audience interpretation,” according to McTeigue.
In a new conversation, McTeigue confirmed unequivocally that he and director Lana Wachowski had no intentions to produce another Matrix picture. “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,” He said. “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.”
McTeigue continued: “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.” So, while McTeigue recognized that there is a lot of unfinished business at the end of Resurrections, neither he nor Wachowski is prepared to go there.
The Matrix Resurrections was a pleasant surprise for followers of the science fiction genre, given that Wachowski had spent the previous 18 years informing the world that she had no plans to produce another Matrix movie. While Wachowski affirmed that the fourth episode of The Matrix will not result in another trilogy, her statement did not fully rule out the possibility of another film. Perhaps another filmmaker might have come up with a precursor idea, or she could have changed her mind again like she did with Resurrections. however, McTeigue’s response appears to be limited – we shouldn’t expect another Matrix picture anytime soon.