While Lana didn’t expand on her sister’s reasons for moving on from the Matrix franchise, she did speak about how their parents’ deaths also impacted her feelings about Resurrections and her decision to make Neo and Trinity a core part of the new story.
“My brain has always reached into my imagination and one night, I was crying and I couldn’t sleep, and my brain exploded this whole story,” Wachowski said. “And I couldn’t have my mom and dad, yet suddenly I had Neo and Trinity, arguably the two most important characters in my life.”
The Matrix Revolutions’ first trailer features a couple of glimpses of Neo (Keanu Reeves) within the Matrix where he encounters Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), who seemingly doesn’t remember him outside of a vague sense of déjà vu when they first meet. Though at least some of the past comes back to Trinity and Neo—who also doesn’t fully recall the events of the previous movies—the trailer definitely makes Resurrections seem like it could feel like a soft reboot meant to remind audiences what it felt like to see The Matrix for the first time. For Lana Wachowski, bringing Neo and Trinity back was both cathartic and healing.
“It was immediately comforting to have these two characters alive again, and it’s super simple,” Wachowski reasoned. “You can look at it and say: ‘ok, these two people die and ok, bring these two people back to life and oh, doesn’t that feel good?’ Yeah, it did! It’s simple, and this is what art does and that’s what stories do, they comfort us.”
The Matrix Resurrections hits theaters and HBO Max on December 22.
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