‘The Matrix’ Is Getting Another Installment! Here’s a Look Back at How the Sci-Fi Franchise Made Its Star Keanu Reeves a Rich Man
Way before the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films gave actor Robert Downey Jr. a lucrative career comeback and jaw-dropping paychecks, Keanu Reeves was already enjoying the same with ‘The Matrix’ film series in the late 90s and early 00s.
And it looks like the 55-year-old actor’s latest ‘Keanussance’ is leading his career to come full circle with the recent announcement of a fourth Matrix film.
Back in the Matrix
Sixteen years since the release of ‘The Matrix Revolutions’ in 2003, Reeves is reportedly returning together with co-star Carrie-Anne Moss to reprise their iconic roles as Neo and Trinity for Matrix 4. And according to sources, Lana Wachowski, one half of the creative duo behind the franchise, has already agreed to direct and write the latest installment of the series. Production will reportedly begin in 2020.
Apparently, Warner Brothers has actually been working to get the film together for years now but was unable to do so because of producing rights. But the company reportedly saw Reeves’ popularity resurgence as a great opportunity to introduce ‘The Matrix’ to the current generation.
The exact details of the new film’s plot still remain unknown. One thing’s for sure though, Reeves is about to get another financially lucrative role under his belt.
The original Matrix trilogy reportedly earned a total of $1.6 billion in global ticket sales. Unsurprisingly, its cast was compensated very well and also got a good taste of the films’ success.
Reeves, who got the main role after fellow actor Will Smith turned down the part, received a base salary of $10 million. But that’s only the beginning. He was given a part of the first film’s earnings after its surprising success bringing his total pay to $35 million. And that’s just for ‘The Matrix’.
Considering things like DVD sales, the box office earnings of the two sequels and other backend bonuses, Reeves earned an estimated $200 million for the entire franchise. And with the coming of a fourth Matrix film, this amount will definitely grow even larger.
Good Guy Keanu
But it’s not just about the money for the A-list actor. Back when he was negotiating his share of the films’ back-end profit, Reeves reportedly insisted giving a sizeable part of his own back-end points towards the movies’ costume design and special effects teams.
Apparently, the star thought that the members of these teams were actually ‘the true heroes’ of the Matrix movies. And he didn’t stop there, the generous actor also gave away Harley Davidson motorcycles to the films’ entire stunt team.
More in lifestyle & luxury
Experts Say Millennials Will Be The Richest Generation In History
Experts believe that the millennial generation is literally taking over the world, and they also think that they will be the...May 20, 2022
An Upcoming Web Television Service Reportedly Pays Jennifer Aniston a Huge Amount of Money to Make a Comeback on the Small Screen
A lot of people loved Jennifer Aniston’s character as Rachel in the classic television series Friends. That is why Apple is...May 15, 2022
Live Like Rihanna: The Singer Listed Her Hollywood Hills Mansion Available for Charter
Rihanna’s music career is undeniably successful. In fact, she is now America’s richest female musician with an estimated net worth of...May 15, 2022
Avengers: Endgame Broke a New Box-Office Record Surpassing Avatar’s Ten-Year Title
Since its release on April 26, 2019 in the United States, Avengers: Endgame has been breaking several box office records. And...May 15, 2022
Giada De Laurentiis Acquired a Second Pacific Palisades Home, and It’s as Stunning as Her First Property
The host of Food Network’s Giada at Home, Giada De Laurentiis reportedly acquired a second home in the vicinity of Pacific...April 29, 2022
Mismatched Jimmy Choos, Feather Tube, and Chanel Jumpsuit: Celine Dion is Not just a ’90s Diva but a Fashion Goddess Too
While Celine Dion may be regarded as one of the ’90s “Queen of Pop,” she proved that her reign is not...April 29, 2022
How To Shine In A Meeting
You’d be surprised at how many people are more interested in what’s going wrong in your life than what you’re great...April 29, 2022
We Can’t Get Enough on Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s Matching Outfits. Here are Some of the Most Charming Ones
The couple, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas love playing dress-up at events that they are attending. Ever since they both showed...April 29, 2022
You’ll Be Surprised to Know How Much Cardi B’s Net Worth Grew Since She Released Her Single Bodak Yellow
A couple of years ago, Belcalis Almanzar, also known by her artist name Cardi, B wasn’t as popular as she is...April 29, 2022