The "Matrix" Trilogy was, and still is, one of the most iconic franchises in TV history. Now, the producers are gearing up to add an unprecedented fourth installment to the series, much to fans' thrill.
Recently, Keanu Reeves, the star of the trilogy, announced to fans that the fourth "Matrix" movie had resumed filming in Berlin. According to a video from the Associated Press, Reeves explained that the crew had begun work once again.
Reeves particularly praised the production team and the procedures that they had taken thus far. With the novel coronavirus pandemic still going strong, they have managed to mitigate risks to a considerable level, he explained.
Keanu Reeves arrives for his handprint ceremony on May 14, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images.
"Matrix 4" wasn't the only movie to halt productions due to the pandemic. With lockdowns and travel restrictions, it has been impossible to shuttle between Berlin and San Francisco — the two primary locations.
However, Reeves explained that things were still able to move fine nonetheless. The actor mentioned that show business people are usually the best at finding the best situations to move forward with projects. In part, he said:
"There's really thoughtful, effective protocols in place, and the rhythm of filmmaking has been not really impacted or interrupted. I think everyone loves the project."
Keanu Reeves discusses "Replicas" on October 5, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images.
The star actor also praised the proactive approach that the producers have taken to ensure that the movie production continues.
The "Matrix" franchise is a sci-fi phenomenon. The movies also launched Reeves into the realm of superstardom, with millions of adoring fans worldwide.
He gave as much as $75 million of his money to other cast and crew members.
The actor also got handsome compensation from the movies. According to reports, his initial contract saw him pocket $10 million to appear in the film. However, he also negotiated terms that saw him take a part of its profits.
"Matrix 1" made about $463 million worldwide. Thus, Reeves got an additional $25million. With the second and third sequels, the franchise made over $1 billion worldwide. So, Reeves got paid about $250 million alone.
Keanu Reeves arrives at the LA Special Screening of Amazon's "Too Old To Die Young" on June 10, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images.
With his big pay check, the reports explained that he gave as much as $75 million of his money to other cast and crew members. Reeves really is a nice guy.
Once talk of the fourth installment became public, Reeves wasted no time in signing up. Per reports, he had read the script and loved it. So, it was a no-brainer for him to sign up.
Keanu Reeves arrives at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images
The actor also credited the movie's co-creator, Lana Wachowski. He explained that he loved working with her the first few times, and wanted to do so again. All original cast members will return for the "Matrix 4," as will some exciting additions.