Lana Wachowski directed this sequel on her own, unlike the initial trilogy.
Lilly wachowski this week presented the Showtime series Work in Progress during a virtual press conference, broadcast by Entertainment Weekly, and unsurprisingly she was asked about her absence from the credits of The Matrix: Resurrections, the fourth part of the saga she started with her sister Lana, in 1999. This time, the latter is doing it alone behind the camera, and it’s a decision that obviously asked Lilly to think about it.
Matrix 4 will be called The Matrix: Resurrections and this is what it will be about
“It’s a difficult question, she replies. I had just made my transition, and I was completely exhausted after filming Cloud Atlas, Jupiter: The Fate of the Universe and Sense8, that we had all filmed in a row. We would pull out one while preparing the next one at the same time, and we’re talking about shoots lasting over 100 days each time. I had just changed my gender, I was exhausted and my world was falling apart, in a way. My shell was breaking. I needed some time away from the industry. To reconnect with myself as an artist, I went back to school, did some painting and other stuff. When Lana had this idea for the next one Matrix, we talked about it, of course. We started discussing it in the midst of the death of our parents, first our father, then our mother, who left five weeks apart. There was something about this idea that felt like going back in time, I had to go back to something that I had done in the past and it didn’t thrill me. I didn’t want to have made this transition, to have gone through such changes in my life, to be well aware of having lost my parents and to go back to something from the past, to find this road that I had already explored. It didn’t satisfy me emotionally. It was like putting on old shoes, I didn’t want that. “
Lilly Wachowski adds that when she started working on Work in Progress, who follows Abby, a queer character, who suffers from depression, she “felt like it was new, that I could dive into it without feeling like I was going back and redoing what I had already done. Lana realized Matrix 4 for different reasons … I can’t speak for her, but this is how I was feeling at the time.“She concludes by saying that they might meet on another project: “Who knows? Maybe.”
It was interesting to shoot Matrix 4 at a time when the world was so turned upside down ”