“The Matrix,” the Wachowskis’ era-defining cyberpunk classic, is headed to large-format Imax screens for the first time ever as part of a two-night special event.
The event will happen on Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Wednesday, Dec. 8, in select markets across the United States. This special event serves as part of the lead up to the fourth entry in the franchise, “The Matrix Resurrections,” which debuts on Imax screens on Dec. 22.
“With excitement building around ‘The Matrix Resurrections,’ this is the perfect time to experience the film that started it all in a way it’s never been seen before,” Megan Colligan, president of Imax Entertainment, said in an official statement. “’The Matrix’ forever changed the visual language of epic filmmaking and we’re very excited for fans everywhere to be able to enjoy this groundbreaking film for the first time in Imax.”
While “The Matrix,” first released back in the spring of 1999, never appeared in Imax theaters, 2003’s “The Matrix Reloaded” was the first Warner Bros. Pictures title ever to undergo the Imax Digital Remastering process for its screens. And “The Matrix Revolutions” (released six months after “The Matrix Reloaded” in 2003) was the first “live-action Hollywood tentpole” (Imax’s phrase) that would have a theatrical release day-and-date with Imax.
“The Matrix Resurrections,” once again starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith and Lambert Wilson, along with franchise newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Christina Ricci, promises a bold new chapter in the series. Lana Wachowski is handling directorial details by herself this time around, with a script co-written by David Mitchell and Aleksander Hemon. It will be released on HBO Max the same day that it debuts in regular theaters and Imax screens.
You can find theaters and buy tickets on Imax’s official website.