Filmmaker Chad Stahelski may be known for his work directing the “John Wick” franchise, but before that, he performed some of the best stunts in the “Matrix” trilogy as Keanu Reeves‘ stunt double in the first two films of the trilogy. In addition to working on a new “John Wick,” Stahelski has returned to assist Lana Wachowski in developing the action sequences of “The Matrix 4.”
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter about working during the lockdown, Stahelski opened up about collaborating with Lana Wachowski on one specific sequence in “The Matrix 4” and praised the director’s collaborative nature and eye for action. “You have somebody like Lana, who’s going, ‘We’re going to do this and this and this.'” Stahelski said. “She’s got some really great ideas. She knows the visual style. She knows what she’s trying to say in the sequence. She wants to collaborate and see how high you can take it in collaboration.”
“[Wachowski] comes with this set piece’ Stahelski expanded. “She comes with, ‘This is the character. This is what’s happening. This is the conflict. This is where I need him to be emotionally or psychologically or whatever plot-wise at the end of this sequence. What do you got in your bag of tricks to make it absolutely crazy?'”
The filmmaker then teased what we can expect from the new film, “If you love the Matrix trilogy, you’re going to love what she’s doing because she’s brilliant and fun and understands what the fans want.”
Production on “The Matrix 4” is still on pause due to the lockdown, but the film is still scheduled to be released on May 21, 2021.