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    Exclusive: ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ to hold U.S. premiere at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre
    G. Allen Johnson December 3, 2021Updated: December 3, 2021, 3:47 pm


    Keanu Reeves walks the streets of San Francisco in “The Matrix Resurrections,” which will make its world premiere at the Castro Theatre on Dec. 18. It will open in theaters and on HBO Max on Dec. 22.
    Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures
    The fourth installment of the “Matrix” film franchise, and the first in 18 years, is scheduled to make its U.S. premiere at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre on Dec. 18 — four days ahead of its Dec. 22 release in theaters and on HBO Max.

    Director Lana Wachowski, who is said to be a fan of the venue, and stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jada Pinkett Smith and Neil Patrick Harris are among those expected to attend the event at the 1,400-seat movie palace that first opened in 1922.

    Variety first reported that the premiere would be in San Francisco before a venue was chosen, but a person intimately involved in planning discussions among the Castro Theatre, the city of San Francisco and Warner Bros. confirmed the venue’s participation with The Chronicle on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak about the premiere.

    Warner Bros. declined to comment on this story.


    The Castro Theatre will be the site of the U.S. premiere of “The Matrix Resurrections.”
    Photo: Stephen Lam / The Chronicle
    Tickets for the premiere are not available to the general public, but there will be a “fan zone” near the red carpet where the public can see the film’s stars in person. There are also plans for a display that involves “outside image projection,” the source said. The Castro and Warner Bros. are in “many conversations” with the city about the logistics of the event, including security and street closures, which would include blocking off Castro Street.

    Chronicle Quiz: Can you name these San Francisco spots from the ‘Matrix Resurrections’ trailer?

    The idea for the original “Matrix” (1999), one of the most influential science fiction films of all time, was inspired by San Francisco, and “The Matrix Resurrections” was shot extensively in the city in the months before the pandemic began. Cameras were spotted in Chinatown and North Beach and at a downtown BART station, and some action sequences around Montgomery and Sansome streets involved Reeves and Moss.

    The film makes extensive use of “White Rabbit,” a song released in 1967 on the Jefferson Airplane album “Surrealistic Pillow.” The band got its start in San Francisco in 1965 at a club on Fillmore Street called, yes, the Matrix.



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    G. Allen Johnson is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: ajohnson@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @BRfilmsAllen
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    Free Your Mind

    Sep 29, 2022 9:15am PT
    Danny Boyle to Direct Dance Adaptation of ‘The Matrix’
    By K.J. Yossman

    ©Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection

    Danny Boyle is set to direct a dance adaptation of 1999 sci-fi blockbuster “The Matrix.”

    Titled “Free Your Mind,” the Warner Bros. Theater Ventures-licensed project is set to debut next October at Factory International, a new arts venue in Manchester, U.K. The production, described as a “large-scale immersive performance,” will serve as the venue’s inaugural show.

    “Combining the hip-hop choreography of hundreds of dancers with the latest immersive design, ‘Free Your Mind’ will take audiences on a thrilling journey through ‘The Matrix’ and into a new realm of possibilities,” reads the logline.

    “This eye-opening production will stretch across the building’s ultra-flexible spaces, responding to them and harnessing the collective energy of the moment.”


    ‘Free Your Mind’ Jeremy Coysten @northdesign courtesy of Factory International
    It is an unusual move for Boyle, who won an Oscar for “Slumdog Millionaire,” but not totally unexpected. He has turned his hand to a variety of projects over the course of his career, including directing the Olympic Games opening ceremony for the London 2012 games, which involved corralling 7,500 volunteers as well as professional performs in a series of musical and dance numbers. As part of the ceremony, Boyle also famously directed Queen Elizabeth II and Daniel Craig in a James Bond-themed skit.

    Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante is composing the music for the dance show while Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy is choreographing. Boyle’s longtime collaborator Tracey Seaward will produce. Poet playwright Sabrina Mahfouz (“Noughts & Crosses”) and artist Es Devlin are also on board to write and provide large scale sculptures, respectively. The show was commissioned by Factory International.

    “The Matrix,” directed by the Wachowskis, was first released in 1999 and spawned three sequels. The most recent, “The Matrix Resurrections,” launched last year.
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