A while back, I decided to write my own sequel to the original Matrix movie. It takes Neo's speech from the end of the movie as the New Gospel:
I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid. You're afraid of us. You're afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin. I'm going to hang up this phone and then I'm going to show these people what you don't want them to see. I'm going to show them a world without you, a world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries, a world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.
I call it, The Matrix: Revealed
.Here's the opening scene in screenplay format.
(It's short. Give it a look.)
So, you get the idea. The opening mirrors the original film, but with the roles reversed: the humans are the hunters and the programs are the prey. Morpheus is suped up, and apparently in charge. Where's Neo? What's the human agenda?
So that's where you come in, Story Gamers. Let's reboot the Matrix sequels for gamey goodness, taking that screenplay snippet as the starting point. Everything
about the official sequels can be ignored or stolen as you like. What would be cool in this world? What are the canon characters all about this time around? Remember, we have not seen Zion and we don't know anything about the true nature of the machine world.
I was thinking that Morpheus is still the True Believer, but turning corrupt steward. He was persecuted, now he's the persecutor. Neo as the aloof, disconnected, zen dude might still work, but his speech up above pegs him as the Prometheus/revolutionary type, I think. Neo is tricky.
Anyway, have at it. If we get around to talking about how to do this at the table (systems even), that's even better.
(By the way, the third movie in my series is The Matrix: Reborn
. Feel free to riff on that part of the rebooted sequel timeline, too.)