After passing China’s censorship regulations, The Matrix Resurrections will be released in Chinese theatres. The Matrix: Revolutions is the fourth installment in The Matrix franchise, and it comes about two decades after The Matrix Revolutions. Lily and Lana Wachowski developed the original trilogy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, China is the world’s largest theatrical market, having surged past North America in total box office revenue in 2020. Amid a rise in state-level tensions between Washington and Beijing and growing nationalism among the Chinese public, the number of U.S. studio releases in China has been in decline. At present, no major Hollywood movie has a confirmed release date in the country for the last two months of 2021 — a reality that would have been unthinkable during the box-office boom years preceding the pandemic.
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Rather than being a legitimate revival of the franchise, The Matrix Resurrections will be a direct sequel to the third Matrix film. With the assistance of a recast Morpheus, Keanu Reeves‘ leather-clad Neo will find his digital prison alongside Carrie-Anne Moss‘ Trinity in Resurrections. The story of the film was teased in a brief video released earlier this year, implying that Neo had seemingly lost all recollection of the events of the previous trilogy. On December 22, the film will be released in theatres and on HBO Max, a streaming service. Check out the posters below.
The Matrix Resurrections has now cleared Chinese censorship restrictions and the green light for eventual theatrical distribution. The country’s rigorous censorship requirements have already prohibited Hollywood tentpole films from being released, such as the MCU’s Eternals. The film has yet to be given a Chinese release date, although it is expected to arrive in late December or early 2022.