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Original workThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_0_2_0 The Matrix (1999)The Matrix (franchise)_cell_0_2_1
Owned byThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_0_3_0 Warner Bros. PicturesThe Matrix (franchise)_cell_0_3_1
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Magazine(s)The Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_0_8_0 The Matrix Online: The Official Magazine (2005)The Matrix (franchise)_cell_0_8_1
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The Matrix is an American media franchise created by writers-directors the Wachowskis and producer Joel Silver. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_0

The series primarily consists of a trilogy of science fiction action films beginning with The Matrix (1999) and continuing with two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both in 2003), all written and directed by the Wachowskis and produced by Joel Silver. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_1

The franchise is owned by Warner Bros., which distributed the films along with Village Roadshow Pictures. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_2

The latter, along with Silver Pictures, are the two production companies that worked on all three films. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_3

The series features a cyberpunk story of the technological fall of mankind, in which the creation of artificial intelligence led the way to a race of self-aware machines that imprisoned mankind in a virtual reality system—the Matrix—to be farmed as a power source. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_4

Occasionally, some of the prisoners manage to break free from the system and, considered a threat, become pursued by the artificial intelligence both inside and outside of it. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_5

The films focus on the plight of Neo (Keanu Reeves), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) trying to free humanity from the system while pursued by its guardians, such as Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving). The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_6

The story incorporates references to numerous philosophical, religious, or spiritual ideas, among others the dilemma of choice vs. control, the brain in a vat thought experiment, messianism, and the concepts of inter-dependency and love. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_7

Influences include the principles of mythology, anime, and Hong Kong action films (particularly "heroic bloodshed" and martial arts movies). The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_8

The film series is notable for its use of heavily choreographed action sequences and "bullet time" slow motion effects, which revolutionized action films to come. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_9

The characters and setting of the films are further explored in other media set in the same fictional universe, including animation, comics, and video games. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_10

The comic "Bits and Pieces of Information" and The Animatrix short film "The Second Renaissance" act as prequels to the films, explaining how the franchise's setting came to be. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_11

The video game Enter the Matrix connects the story of the Animatrix short "Final Flight of the Osiris" with the events of Reloaded, while the online video game The Matrix Online was a direct sequel to Revolutions. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_12

These were typically written, commissioned, or approved by the Wachowskis. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_13

The first film was an important critical and commercial success, winning four Academy Awards, introducing popular culture symbols such as the red pill and blue pill, and influencing action filmmaking. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_14

For those reasons it has been added to the National Film Registry for preservation. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_15

Its first sequel was also a commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film in history, until it was surpassed by Deadpool in 2016. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_16

As of 2006, the franchise has generated $3 billion in revenue. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_17

A fourth Matrix film is in development for its December 22, 2021 release, with Lana Wachowski producing, co-writing and directing and Reeves and Moss reprising their roles. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_18

Setting The Matrix (franchise)_section_0

Films The Matrix (franchise)_section_1

Future The Matrix (franchise)_section_2

During production of the original trilogy, the Wachowskis told their close collaborators that, "at that time they had no intention of making another Matrix film after The Matrix Revolutions". The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_19

In February 2015, in promotion interviews for Jupiter Ascending, Lilly Wachowski called a return to The Matrix "a particularly repelling idea in these times", noting studios' tendencies to "greenlight" sequels, reboots, and adaptations, in preference to original material. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_20

Meanwhile, Lana Wachowski, in addressing rumors about a potential reboot, stated that "...they had not heard anything, but she believed that the studio might be looking to replace them". The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_21

At various times, Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving each confirmed their interest and willingness to reprise their roles in potential future installments of the Matrix films, with the stipulation that the Wachowskis were involved in the creative and production process. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_22

The Matrix 4 The Matrix (franchise)_section_3

Main article: The Matrix 4 The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_23

Following the release of The Matrix Revolutions, the Wachowskis voiced their disinterest in making another Matrix film. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_24

However, in March 2017, The Hollywood Reporter released information stating a fourth installment was in development with director Zak Penn writing the screenplay. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_25

The sequel film was officially confirmed in August 2019, with the announcement that Lana Wachowski was returning to "co-write, direct, and produce The Matrix 4" as a co-production between Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_26

Additionally, both Reeves and Moss confirmed that they would reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_27

In response to the news, Lilly Wachowski stated that she was unable to return for the fourth film due to her role in producing the TV series Work in Progress, although she expressed approval of the film's creation without her involvement. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_28

In addition to Reeves and Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith will return as Niobe, along with Lambert Wilson as The Merovingian and Daniel Bernhardt as Agent Johnson. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_29

Other confirmed roles include newcomers to the series Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jessica Henwick as the film's leads, as well as actors Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Toby Onwumere, Eréndira Ibarra, Priyanka Chopra, and Andrew Caldwell. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_30

Production on the film began in February 2020, and is currently scheduled for release on December 22, 2021. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_31

Other projects The Matrix (franchise)_section_4

In March 2017, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Warner Bros., was in the early stages of developing a re-launch of the franchise. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_32

Consideration was given to producing a Matrix television series, but was dismissed as the studio opted to pursue negotiations with Zak Penn in writing a treatment for a new film, with Michael B. Jordan eyed for the lead role. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_33

According to the article, the Wachowskis were not involved at that point. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_34

In response to the report, Penn refuted all statements regarding a reboot, remake, or continuation, remarking that he was working on stories set in the pre-established continuity. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_35

Potential plotlines being considered by Warner Bros. Pictures included a prequel film about a young Morpheus, or an alternate storyline with a focus on one of his descendants. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_36

By April 2018, Penn described the script as "being at a nascent stage". The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_37

Later, in September 2019, Jordan addressed the rumors of his involvement by saying he was "flattered", but without making a definitive statement. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_38

In October 2019, Penn confirmed the script he wrote is set within an earlier time period than the first three films in the franchise. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_39

Cast and crew The Matrix (franchise)_section_5

Cast The Matrix (franchise)_section_6

See also: List of Matrix series characters The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_40

Crew The Matrix (franchise)_section_7

The following is a list of crew members who have participated in the making of the Matrix film series. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_41

Production The Matrix (franchise)_section_8

The Matrix series includes a trilogy of feature films, all of which were written and directed by the Wachowskis and produced by Joel Silver, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_42

The series was filmed in Australia and began with 1999's The Matrix, which depicts the recruitment of hacker Neo into humanity's rebellion against sentient machines. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_43

The film's mainstream success had backed up the initial idea of making a trilogy. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_44

The sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, were filmed simultaneously during one shoot (under the project codename "The Burly Man"), and released in two parts in 2003. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_45

They tell the story of the impending attack on the human enclave of Zion by a vast machine army. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_46

Neo also learns more about the history of the Matrix and his role as The One. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_47

The sequels also incorporate more ambitious action scenes and visual effects. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_48

Reception The Matrix (franchise)_section_9

Further information on the reception of each film: The Matrix § Reception, The Matrix Reloaded § Reception, and The Matrix Revolutions § Reception The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_49

Box office performance The Matrix (franchise)_section_10

The Matrix was highly successful, earning over $460 million worldwide on a modest budget of $63 million. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_50

The sequels had a much larger budget of $150 million each; Reloaded was also a big commercial success, earning almost $740 million worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film in history, a title which it held for 13 years, until it was surpassed by the film Deadpool; Revolutions had the world's first simultaneous release across major cities all over the world, which for the first time in history included both a release in China, and a release in IMAX theaters. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_51

Its five-day opening at $204 million broke the previous record, but ultimately the film made $427 million, a little less than the original. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_52

The Matrix (franchise)_table_general_1

FilmThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_0_0 U.S. release dateThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_0_1 Box office grossThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_0_2 All-time rankingThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_0_5 BudgetThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_0_7 Ref(s)The Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_0_8
U.S. and CanadaThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_1_0 Other territoriesThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_1_1 WorldwideThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_1_2 U.S. and CanadaThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_1_3 WorldwideThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_1_4
The MatrixThe Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_2_0 March 31, 1999The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_2_1 $171,479,930The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_2_2 $292,037,453The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_2_3 $463,517,383The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_2_4 285The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_2_5 232The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_2_6 $63,000,000The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_2_7 The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_2_8
The Matrix ReloadedThe Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_3_0 May 15, 2003The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_3_1 $281,576,461The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_3_2 $457,835,574The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_3_3 $739,412,035The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_3_4 96The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_3_5 103The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_3_6 $150,000,000The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_3_7 The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_3_8
The Matrix RevolutionsThe Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_4_0 November 5, 2003The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_4_1 $139,313,948The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_4_2 $288,029,350The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_4_3 $427,343,298The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_4_4 412The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_4_5 262The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_4_6 $150,000,000The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_4_7 The Matrix (franchise)_cell_1_4_8
TotalThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_5_0 $592,370,339The Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_5_2 $1,040,618,803The Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_5_3 $1,632,989,142The Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_5_4 The Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_5_5 $363.000.000The Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_5_7 The Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_1_5_8

Critical and public response The Matrix (franchise)_section_11

While The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded received positive reviews, the critical response to The Matrix Revolutions was more negative. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_53

One complaint was that Revolutions did not give answers to the questions raised in Reloaded. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_54

The Matrix (franchise)_table_general_2

FilmThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_2_0_0 Rotten TomatoesThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_2_0_1 MetacriticThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_2_0_2 CinemaScoreThe Matrix (franchise)_header_cell_2_0_3
The MatrixThe Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_1_0 88% (152 reviews)The Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_1_1 73 (35 reviews)The Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_1_2 A−The Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_1_3
The Matrix ReloadedThe Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_2_0 73% (245 reviews)The Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_2_1 62 (40 reviews)The Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_2_2 B+The Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_2_3
The AnimatrixThe Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_3_0 89% (18 reviews)The Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_3_1 N/AThe Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_3_2 N/AThe Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_3_3
The Matrix RevolutionsThe Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_4_0 35% (216 reviews)The Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_4_1 47 (41 reviews)The Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_4_2 BThe Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_4_3
List indicator(s)The Matrix (franchise)_cell_2_5_0

Accolades The Matrix (franchise)_section_12

Main article: List of accolades received by The Matrix film series The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_55

Legal claims The Matrix (franchise)_section_13

In April 2003 Sophia Stewart filed a legal complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California alleging that the idea of The Matrix (and the 1984 film The Terminator) were plagiarized from her own film treatment titled "The Third Eye". The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_56

The court allowed the lawsuit to move forward in 2005, but Stewart did not attend the hearing. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_57

In a 53-page ruling, Judge Margaret Morrow dismissed the case, stating that Stewart and her attorneys "had not entered any evidence to bolster its key claims or demonstrated any striking similarity between her work and the accused directors’ films." The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_58

Despite the ruling, the case became the subject of "Internet legend", with many sources claiming Stewart had actually won the lawsuit. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_59

In 2013 Thomas Althouse filed suit in California federal court alleging that ideas for the sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions came from a screenplay he wrote called The Immortals. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_60

In a summary judgement for the defendants, Judge R. Gary Klausner stated "The basic premises of The Matrix Trilogy and The Immortals are so different that it would be unreasonable to find their plots substantially similar." The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_61

Influences and interpretations The Matrix (franchise)_section_14

The Matrix films makes numerous references to films and literature, and to historical myths and philosophy including Buddhism, Vedanta, Advaita Hinduism, Christianity, Messianism, Judaism, Gnosticism, existentialism, obscurantism, and nihilism. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_62

The films' premise resembles Plato's Allegory of the cave, René Descartes's evil demon, Kant's reflections on the Phenomenon versus the Ding an sich, Zhuangzi's "Zhuangzi dreamed he was a butterfly", Marxist social theory and the brain in a vat thought experiment. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_63

Many references to Jean Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulation appear in the first film. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_64

Baudrillard himself considered this a misrepresentation, although Lana Wachowski claims the point the reference was making was misunderstood. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_65

There are similarities to cyberpunk works such as Neuromancer by William Gibson, who has described The Matrix as "arguably the ultimate 'cyberpunk' artifact." The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_66

Japanese director Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell was a strong influence. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_67

Producer Joel Silver has stated that the Wachowskis first described their intentions for The Matrix by showing him that anime and saying, "We wanna do that for real." The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_68

Mitsuhisa Ishikawa of Production I.G, which produced Ghost in the Shell, noted that the anime's high-quality visuals were a strong source of inspiration for the Wachowskis. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_69

He also commented, "... cyberpunk films are very difficult to describe to a third person. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_70

I'd imagine that The Matrix is the kind of film that was very difficult to draw up a written proposal for to take to film studios." The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_71

He stated that since Ghost in the Shell had gained recognition in America, the Wachowskis used it as a "promotional tool." The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_72

Similarities to the 1985 anime film Megazone 23 have also been noticed, but the Wachowskis claimed to have never seen it. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_73

Reviewers have commented on similarities between The Matrix and other late-1990s films such as Strange Days, Dark City, and The Truman Show. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_74

The Wachowskis claimed no influence regarding Dark City, but commented about it and The Truman Show that they thought it was "very strange that Australia came to have three films associated with it that were all about the nature of reality. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_75

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Comparisons have also been made to Grant Morrison's comic series The Invisibles; Morrison believes that the Wachowskis essentially plagiarized his work to create the film. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_77

The Wachowskis responded that they enjoy the comic but did not use it for inspiration. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_78

In addition, the similarity of the films' central concept to a device in the long-running series Doctor Who has also been noted. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_79

As in the film, the Matrix of that series (introduced in the 1976 serial The Deadly Assassin) is a massive computer system which one enters using a device connecting to the head, allowing users to see representations of the real world and change its laws of physics; but if killed there, they will die in reality. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_80

The first Matrix film features numerous references to the "White Rabbit", the "Rabbit Hole" and mirrors, referring to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_81

Matrixism is a new religious movement inspired by the trilogy. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_82

A sociologist of religion Adam Possamai describes these types of religions/spiritualities as hyper-real religions due to their eclectic mix of religion/spirituality with elements of popular culture and their connection to the fluid social structures of late capitalism. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_83

There is some debate about whether followers of Matrixism are indeed serious about their practice; however, the religion (real or otherwise) has received attention in the media. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_84

Following the Wachowskis' coming out as transgender women some years after the release of the films, the first film and the pill analogy have also been analyzed in the context of the Wachowskis' transgender experiences. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_85

In this case, taking the red pill and living out of the Matrix symbolizes exploring one's own gender identity, starting the transition and coming out as transgender, as opposed to a continued life in the closet. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_86

Lilly Wachowski has acknowledged this analysis by calling it "a cool thing because it's an excellent reminder that art is never static". The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_87

Home media The Matrix (franchise)_section_15

In 2004, Warner Home Video released The Ultimate Matrix Collection, a 10-disc set of the films on DVD. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_88

It included the trilogy of films, The Animatrix, and six discs of additional material, including the documentary film The Matrix Revisited, the live action footage shot for Enter the Matrix, and a promotional compilation of The Matrix Online. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_89

For this release, The Matrix was remastered under the supervision of the Wachowskis and the trilogy's cinematographer, Bill Pope, to improve its picture quality and make its color timing closer to that of its sequels. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_90

At the request of the Wachowskis, as they explain in a written statement that accompanies the boxset, each of the three films is accompanied by two audio commentaries, one by philosophers who liked the films, and another by critics who did not, with the intention that viewers use them as reference points to form their own opinion. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_91

The compilation includes 35 hours of bonus material, but some of the extras from earlier, standalone, releases are missing. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_92

A Limited Edition of The Ultimate Matrix Collection was also released. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_93

It encases the ten discs plus a resin bust of Neo inside an acrylic glass box. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_94

The Ultimate Matrix Collection was later also released on HD DVD (5 discs) and Blu-ray (6 discs) in 2007 and 2008, respectively. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_95

The HD DVD release added a picture-in-picture video commentary to the three films and the extras that were missing from the previous DVD compilation. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_96

The Blu-ray release presented The Animatrix in high definition for the first time. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_97

A pared-down set dubbed The Complete Matrix Trilogy was also released on HD DVD and Blu-ray (3 discs each), which dropped The Animatrix and some of the special features. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_98

The Ultra HD Blu-ray release of The Matrix Trilogy came out in 2018 (9 discs) and presented the trilogy in 4K resolution and high-dynamic-range video, remastered from the original camera negative and supervised by Bill Pope. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_99

In this release The Matrix is presented with a color grade that reportedly comes closer to its theatrical presentation than any of the previous home video releases. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_100

The set also includes standard Blu-ray copies of the films sourced from the new 4K master, but is missing The Animatrix and some special features. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_101

Other media and merchandising The Matrix (franchise)_section_16

By August 2000, The Matrix DVD had sold over three million copies in United States, becoming the best-selling of all time. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_102

By November 2003, The Matrix franchise had generated $677 million from VHS and DVD sales, $162 million from the video game Enter the Matrix (2003), $37 million from The Matrix Reloaded: The Album soundtrack sales, and $3.5 million from licensed merchandise sales. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_103

As of 2006, the franchise has grossed $3 billion from all sources worldwide. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_104

Animation The Matrix (franchise)_section_17

Main article: The Animatrix The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_105

In acknowledgment of the strong influence of Japanese anime on the Matrix series, The Animatrix was produced in 2003 to coincide with the release of The Matrix Reloaded. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_106

This is a collection of nine animated short films intended to further flesh out the concepts, history, characters and setting of the series. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_107

The objective of The Animatrix project was to give other writers and directors the opportunity to lend their voices and interpretation to the Matrix universe; the Wachowskis conceived of and oversaw the process, and they wrote four of the segments themselves, although they were given to other directors to execute. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_108

Many of the segments were produced by notable figures from the world of Japanese animation. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_109

Four of the films were originally released on the series' official website, one was shown in cinemas with Dreamcatcher, one was shown on MTV, MTV2, MTV3, MTV4, and Syfi, and the others first appeared with the DVD release of all nine shorts shortly after the release of The Matrix Reloaded. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_110

Video games The Matrix (franchise)_section_18

On May 15, 2003, the game Enter the Matrix was released in North America concurrently with The Matrix Reloaded. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_111

The first of three video games related to the films, it told a story running parallel to The Matrix Reloaded and featured scenes that were shot during the filming of The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_112

Two more The Matrix video games were released in 2005. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_113

The MMORPG The Matrix Online continued the story beyond The Matrix Revolutions, while The Matrix: Path of Neo allowed players to control Neo in scenes from the film trilogy. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_114

The Matrix Online was shut down in 2009. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_115

The Matrix official website also provided several original Adobe Flash-based browser games. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_116

Comic books The Matrix (franchise)_section_19

The Matrix Comics is a set of comics and short stories based on the series and written and illustrated by figures from the comics industry; one of the comics was written by the Wachowskis and illustrated by the films' concept artist Geof Darrow. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_117

The comics and stories were originally presented for free on the Matrix series' website between 1999 and 2003. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_118

One of them was printed in 1999 to be given away at theaters as a promotional item for The Matrix, but Warner Bros. recalled it due to its mature content. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_119

Most of them were later republished by the Wachowskis' Burlyman Entertainment, along with some new stories and updates with color to some of the existing ones, in two printed trade paperback volumes in 2003 and 2004 and a deluxe hardcover twentieth anniversary edition in 2019. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_120

By September 2004, the first printed volume had sold over 60,000 copies. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_121

Screensaver The Matrix (franchise)_section_20

The Matrix official website provided a free screensaver for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, which simulates the falling "Matrix digital rain" of the films. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_122

The screensaver was reported to have a password security issue. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_123

The "Matrix digital rain" also inspired the creation of many unofficial screensavers. The Matrix (franchise)_sentence_124

Books The Matrix (franchise)_section_21

Official The Matrix (franchise)_section_22

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  • The Art of the Matrix by various (Newmarket Press, 2000) ISBN 978-1557044051The Matrix (franchise)_item_0_0
  • The Matrix Shooting Script by Larry and Andy Wachowski (with introduction by William Gibson) (Newmarket Press, 2001) ISBN 978-1557044907The Matrix (franchise)_item_0_1
  • The Matrix Comics, Vol. 1 by various (Burlyman Entertainment, 2003) ISBN 1-932700-00-5The Matrix (franchise)_item_0_2
  • The Matrix Comics, Vol. 2 by various (Burlyman Entertainment, 2004) ISBN 1-932700-09-9The Matrix (franchise)_item_0_3
  • Enter the Matrix: Official Strategy Guide by Doug Walsh (BradyGames, 2003) ISBN 978-0744002713The Matrix (franchise)_item_0_4
  • The Matrix Online: Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games, 2005) ISBN 978-0761549437The Matrix (franchise)_item_0_5
  • The Matrix: Path of Neo: Official Strategy Guide (BradyGames, 2005) ISBN 978-0744006582The Matrix (franchise)_item_0_6
  • The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition by various (Burlyman Entertainment, 2019) ISBN 978-1932700572The Matrix (franchise)_item_0_7

Unofficial The Matrix (franchise)_section_23

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  • Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise: Cultural Reception and Interpretation by Matthew Kapell and William G. Doty (Continuum International, 2004) ISBN 0-8264-1587-3The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_8
  • Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and Religion in "The Matrix" by Glenn Yeffeth (Summersdale, 2003) ISBN 1-84024-377-5The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_9
  • Matrix Warrior: Being the One by Jake Horsley (Gollancz, 2003) ISBN 0-575-07527-9The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_10
  • The "Matrix" and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real by William Irwin (Open Court, 2002) ISBN 0-8126-9502-XThe Matrix (franchise)_item_1_11
  • More Matrix and Philosophy by William Irwin (Open Court, 2005) ISBN 0-8126-9572-0The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_12
  • Like a Splinter in Your Mind: The Philosophy Behind the "Matrix" Trilogy by Matt Lawrence (Blackwell, 2004) ISBN 1-4051-2524-1The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_13
  • The Matrix (British Film Institute, 2004) ISBN 1-84457-045-2The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_14
  • Matrix Revelations: A Thinking Fan's Guide to the Matrix Trilogy by Steve Couch (Damaris, 2003) ISBN 1-904753-01-9The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_15
  • Beyond the Matrix: Revolutions and Revelations by Stephen Faller (Chalice Press, 2004) ISBN 0-8272-0235-0The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_16
  • The "Matrix" Trilogy: Cyberpunk Reloaded by Stacy Gillis (Wallflower Press, 2005) ISBN 1-904764-32-0The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_17
  • Exegesis of the Matrix by Peter B. Lloyd (Whole-Being Books, 2003) ISBN 1-902987-09-8The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_18
  • The Gospel Reloaded by Chris Seay and Greg Garrett (Pinon Press, 2003) ISBN 1-57683-478-6The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_19
  • The "Matrix": What Does the Bible Say About... by D. Archer (Scripture Union, 2001) ISBN 1-85999-579-9The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_20
  • [Journey to the Source: Decoding Matrix Trilogy] by Pradheep Challiyil (Sakthi Books 2004) ISBN 0-9752586-0-5The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_21
  • Exploring the Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present by Karen Haber (St. Martin's Press, 2003) ISBN 0-312-31358-6The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_22
  • Philosophers Explore The Matrix by Christopher Gray (Oxford University Press, 2005) ISBN 0-19-518107-7The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_23
  • The Matrix Cultural Revolution by Michel Marriott (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2003) ISBN 1-56025-574-9The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_24
  • The Matrix Reflections: Choosing between reality and illusion by Eddie Zacapa (Authorhouse, 2005) ISBN 1-4208-0782-XThe Matrix (franchise)_item_1_25
  • The One by A.J. Yager & Dean Vescera (Lifeforce Publishing, 2003) ISBN 0-9709796-1-4The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_26
  • Matrix og ulydighedens evangelium (Danish for: "Matrix and the Evangelium of disobedients") by Rune Engelbreth Larsen (Bindslev, 2004) ISBN 87-91299-12-8The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_27
  • The Third Eye: Where It All Begins by Sophia Stewart (All Eyes on Me, 2006) ISBN 0-9785396-4-8The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_28
  • The Matrix 4 – The Evolution of Consciousness: Cracking the Genetic Code by Sophia Stewart (All Eyes on Me, 2010) ISBN 0-9785396-7-2The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_29
  • The Matrix and the Alice Books by Voicu Mihnea Simandan (Lulu Books, 2010) ISBN 978-0557258079The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_30
  • . by Vladimir Tumanov ( 3 2003).The Matrix (franchise)_item_1_31

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