As coronavirus concerns continue to spread around the globe, Warner Bros. has halted production on The Matrix 4 indefinitely. The fourth instalment of The Matrix franchise, which started production in February, had recently moved from San Francisco to Berlin, where it was preparing to shoot this week.
According to Variety, the decision to delay production on the film indefinitely came for the safety of all involved after President Donald Trump enforced travel restrictions on Europe. It is currently unknown when filming will restart and if and how the delay will impact the 2021 release date.
This isn’t the only project Warner Bros. have halted production on as Matt Reeves’ The Batman has shut down filming for two weeks and the shooting start date for Fantastic Beasts 3 has also been delayed – which was also set to begin this week.
The Matrix 4 is being directed by Lana Wachowski from a script by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. The cast features returning Matrix cast members Keanu Reeves (Neo), Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity) and Jada Pinkett Smith (Niobe) alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen), Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), Neil Patrick Harris (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Jonathan Groff (Frozen II), Priyanka Chopra (Baywatch), Ellen Hollman (Spartacus) and Andrew Caldwell (iZombie), as well as Sense8 stars Erendira Ibarra, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt and Brian J. Smith.
The Matrix 4 is currently set for release on May 21st 2021.