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The Matrix reboot and The Batman shut down shooting due to coronavirus

The Matrix

Story by Jack Foley

FILMING ON the reboot of The Matrix has been shut down until further notice due to the coronavirus.

The movie, currently titled The Matrix 4, was shooting in San Francisco but moved to Berlin in early March for the completion of its shoot.

The move by Warner Bros follows the same studio’s decision earlier this week to postpone the start of production on the latest chapter of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts film series.

That shoot was set to begin on Monday (March 18, 2020) in London.

Warner Bros. also paused production on The Batman, also shooting in London. That movie had been seven weeks into its shoot.

The news is in keeping with decisions by all the major film studios to suspend work on current live-action shoots.

Disney, for instance, suspended all live-action productions, including The Little Mermaid and Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

While Sony has paused pre-production on the action comedy The Man From Toronto, while Netflix has put Red Notice on hiatus and Blumhouse has pressed pause on its thriller, Vengeance, which is being directed by B.J. Novak.

Lana Wachowski is directing The Matrix 4, which reunites Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne-Moss while bringing in newcomers such as Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. The film is currently scheduled for release on May 21, 2021, but it is now unclear whether the shutdown will change that.

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