Matrix creator Lilly Wachowski shares agonising reason she turned down fourth film

Lilly Wachowski has explained why she isn’t joining her sister Lana on The Matrix 4, admitting that the idea of returning to the franchise sounded “expressly unappealing”.

The fourth Matrix movie, titled The Matrix: Resurrections, sees the return of Lana Wachowski writing, directing, and producing the iconic sci-fi series.

Ahead of the trailer’s anticipated release, Lilly discussed her reasons for moving in a different creative direction to her sister.

“There was something about the idea of going backwards and being a part of something that I had done before that was expressly unappealing,” Wachowski recalled at Showtime’s TCA panel on Wednesday (25 August).

“I didn’t want to have gone through my transition and gone through this massive upheaval in my life, the sense of loss from my mom and dad, to want to go back to something that I had done before and sort of walk over old paths that I had walked in, felt emotionally unfulfilling and really the opposite.

“Like I was going to go back and live in these old shoes in a way. And I didn’t want to do that.”

Lilly went on to explain that she was “completely exhausted” after the pressures of making Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending and the first season of Sense8 back-to-back.

By the time Lana came up with the idea behind the Matrix 4, Lilly had just completed her transition and was still reeling from her father’s death, so she felt she needed a fresh start on something new.

“My world was like, falling apart to some extent even while I was like, you know, cracking out of my egg,” she said. “So I needed this time away from this industry. I needed to reconnect with myself as an artist and I did that by going back to school and painting and stuff.”

She later threw herself into Work in Progress, a comedy that follows the life of Abby, a 46-year-old “self-identified fat, queer dyke” who suffers from depression.

“It felt like a new thing that I could go do and be myself in, more than go back and do the same thing that I sort of did before,” Lilly said.

“And so, like Lana made [Matrix 4] for different reasons… I can’t speak for her, but that’s what I was feeling at the time.”

Asked if the sisters have any future collaboration plans, Lilly left it up in the air. “Who knows? Who knows? Maybe,” she said cryptically.

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