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#1 Aug 9, 2011
oh Look!

It seems he has written and might direct afterall!

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/keanu-reeves-fin...

(From the above URL)

LOS ANGELES ( TheWrap.com )- Keanu Reeves is in negotiations with China Film Group and Village Roadshow Pictures to get funding for "Man of Tai Chi," a Mandarin-and-English-language movie that Reeves will star in and direct, individuals familiar with the project told TheWrap.

Reeves also wrote the martial arts film, which, if it goes forward, will mark his directorial debut.

"Tai Chi" also stars Tiger Chen, a member of the kung fu team in "The Matrix."

The "Speed" star plays the villain in the movie, which includes some serious fighting scenes.

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#2 Aug 9, 2011
And, have found another article about it!

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1661387/kean...
Lilith

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Aug 9, 2011
A Japanese themed film where he plays a "half-breed" (his words not mine; they are not considered acceptable nowadays, surprised Keanu doesn't know this); now a Chinese film.

Is he telling us something? "I'm 1/4 Asian-Pacific.... I'm tired of covering it up...."

Wondering.
Lilith

Brooklyn, NY

#4 Aug 9, 2011
The question prompted me to look up Keanu on IMDB. Projects in development only list things up to 2011.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000206/

Look at Brad Pitt's entry:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000093/

Projects up to 2015.

I think Keanu's movie career is not going brilliantly. He's not in the same demand as Pitt. Or perhaps he's scaling back.

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#5 Aug 9, 2011
Thanks panther for the info!He was talking about Man of Tai Chi in some of his HC promo interviews and it seems that the project is shaping up more and more,I'm really excited for Keanu,he tries his hand in different things and who knows maybe directing will becoma his second passion and I'm not really suprised he is also writing the story,I heard he doctorated many scripts before but never takes credit for it, he just loves the creative process I guess and not really interested to be listed as a screenwriter...

Keanu was never covering up anything about his Asian background, he has always told the reporters who his father is, although obviously he doesn't like to talk about him very much and I doubt he chooses projects based on race or ethnicity or tries to give a message about his own identity, he said many times he is after the good stories and that is what matters to him, the story, the character,period.

It is just sad that some people are so self-centred, they always think it's all about them and their assumptions about the man and obviously they are more excited to bash Keanu about what he said 30 years ago just to satisfy their egos and seems like secretly wishing his career will be going down..

I'm one of the long time fans, not somebody who saw the man on the street one day and suddenly started to produce crazy scenarios about him to get some attention and if I know one thing about Keanu, he always suprises people with his choices and his movies are very diverse, he might be taking it slowly but I don't think he is going anywhere soon -much to the dismay of some people- and I'm looking forward to many more movies to come, movies he will produce, hopefully direct and write...

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#6 Aug 10, 2011
Lilith, you do have a point.
However, let's not forget that Pitt has a much bigger clout as a producer.
And time will tell how many of those products will actually get finalized...

“Dum Di Dum”

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#7 Aug 10, 2011
Ready to see Keanu´s villain part!:) A man with many talents.

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#8 Aug 10, 2011
friedgreentomatoes wrote:
Keanu was never covering up anything about his Asian background, he has always told the reporters who his father is, although obviously he doesn't like to talk about him very much and I doubt he chooses projects based on race or ethnicity or tries to give a message about his own identity, he said many times he is after the good stories and that is what matters to him, the story, the character,period.
Spot on friedgreen! But no need to bother with such spoofs, if somebody still believes Keanu denies his Asian background after the guy worked on a samurai movie for 7 months and visited China several times, they must have some sort of mental problem and believe me, even if something this ridiculous gets out,imo nobody including Keanu would take it seriously, how could they,lol.

So forget about that nonsense, you're missing the important news here dear, the man is going to China and having his directorial debut,yay! And he will be a villian no less, I guess his best role as a baddie was Donnie Barksdale,he really pulled it off in the Gift and I wonder what kind of a villian he will go for this time (rubbing my hands together in my best Keanu imitation)LOL!

“Dum Di Dum”

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#9 Aug 10, 2011
Maybe I should travel to China very soon...Evenso I doubt I could find him there:)
Leblebi

Galway, Ireland

#10 Aug 10, 2011
It is a crowded country, that is for sure :))
But it might worth a try,LOL!
Donna

AOL

#11 Aug 10, 2011
I believe Tiger is one of his lovers and that he wants to make this film as a gift to Tiger. It's just an opinion based on pictures. Maybe he just feels that Tiger is kind of a brother... they have things in common? I don't know.

I really think they are lovers. You guys all think Keanu has secret female lovers...I think he has secret boyfriends.
Jacqueline

Mount Laurel, NJ

#12 Aug 10, 2011
Friedgreen, I love what you wrote about his creativity, diversity and changes he makes! As I wrote before, we patiently wait for more and more
movies from him.

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#13 Aug 11, 2011
Thanks jacqueline,you're very kind!

And odibodi you're right,sometimes I really get carried away,but absolutely idiotic suggestions like Keanu is in denial of his Asian heritage makes me so angry, I mean the guy is heading to China for Chrissake,what kind of denial is that!

Anyway let's start again and let me share some more thoughts on the project. Firstly I'm a big Matrix fan so I'm very excited to see Keanu doing kung-fu ooops tai-chi,again :))Anyway the guy makes martial arts sexy,and he will be a villian, yuppiii!

I also think apart from his friendship with Tiger, there might be some strategic reasons behind this collaboration. Keanu obviously hopes to get the financial support of Chinese and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for him because nowadays it seems this is where the money is, imo if this economic crisis continues foreign contributors will become more and more important for American film makers, I think Keanu is taking a lead in this sense.He is known for picking up cool stuff before anybody wakes up, this might be the next trend for those in the industry...

Secondly this is also a safe start for a directorial debut, he is familiar with the subject and he had good connections in China, so if anything goes wrong, there will be plenty of people to help and of course he is a god in Asia, especially in Japan, so hopefully while Ronin will put Keanu on an even higher pedestral in the eyes of Japanese, Man of Tai Chi will conquer the China and quite possibly the rest of the Asian world,this is very clever and I congratulate Keanu for his far-sight, go Keanu go!!!
Jacqueline

Mount Laurel, NJ

#14 Aug 11, 2011
Friedgreen, the same exact thought went through my mind about Keanu and the Chinese economy. It continues to intensetly grow. They often come to our medical schools and stay and now are returning home (pharmaceuticals and research.) The US will eventually be vying for their business when it is the US that ultimately gave them their intial start. Back to Keanu; I agree with you Friedgreen; he's going for the financial backing where it will become strong. He will develop rapport and a positive reputation for future endeavors. Yes, Friedgreenhe, he is bright and has foresight.

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#15 Aug 12, 2011
Ditto,he is actually making a smart move turning to Chinese for the funding of his movie, after all his movie will benefit them as well,I think Tiger was talking about Keanu wanting to tell the importance of Tai Chi in Chinese culture, so this is a great opportunity for the Chinese to break any possible prejudices against them in the minds of American audience, I hope they would support the project...

I'm also excited to learn that our boy is finally taking the big step and give a chance to directing, this must be smt very important for him, because if my memory serves me right,he said in some of his interviews he wasn't that interested in directing, I think it was a promo interview for one of his recent movies, because the reporter made a note of him being a veteran actor and been in very wide range of movies, then asked if one day he would be interested in getting behind the camera, and at that time he was a bit hesitant about it, maybe they didn't have anything set on paper back then and he was just toying with the idea...

But I actually have a different question in mind, now that our boy decided to take the jump, do you think he is cut to be a director, will he make a good director? I have to admit I'm a bit concerned, this is his first attempt in directing and the success of Tai Chi project is very important, he would be either encouraged to do more as a director or maybe it would totally turn him off, what do you think?

“#'64”

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#16 Aug 12, 2011
This is a great thread (with some good news!)

Yes, I think KR will make a *great* director. He's visionary. I believe some of the past disappointments was based on directors deviating from the original script (compounded by bad editing). Chain Reaction comes to mind.

As a director, he'd have more control over the editing/finished product and IMO, I think it would be a good thing (his ability to see beyond the immediate and understand how one instance would create a sequence of events and/or detract from his vision and a good finished product).

He's also acknowledged to be a good collaborator and generous as a lead. IMO, those kinds of qualities will bode well for him as a director as making a film requires team work and the cooperation of everyone at all levels.

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#17 Aug 12, 2011
Good points Andromeda!

I totally forgot control on editing and keeping the story original,this will be a huge advantage for him, btw I heard Johnny Mnmemonic had also suffered from the same thing, that is the change of original story but if I have to pick one of them I think I would still go with JM, despite all its cheesiness, there are also some cool stuff in it and Keanu definitely seems to enjoy his character more than Chain Reaction.

I assume Keanu would be very open eyes and open hears with his cast and probably give his actors great freedom, as he knows how important that is for a performer, anyway we will hopefully see soon...
Donna wrote:
I believe Tiger is one of his lovers and that he wants to make this film as a gift to Tiger. It's just an opinion based on pictures.
And Donna, in case you haven't noticed this topic is about Keanu's directorial debut, not about his sexuality or his alleged relation with Tiger, would you mind sharing some thoughts about him directing for the first time instead of bringing your theories to every thread? Anyway, I think you're reading too much from pics, but then you like reading too much from fictional works of art as well...
Donna

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#18 Aug 15, 2011
Cute picture of Tiger and Keanu.

http://www.wu-jing.org/News/images/2009/2009_...
Leblebi

Galway, Ireland

#19 Aug 15, 2011
Andromeda-1 wrote:
This is a great thread (with some good news!)
Yes, I think KR will make a *great* director. He's visionary. I believe some of the past disappointments was based on directors deviating from the original script (compounded by bad editing). Chain Reaction comes to mind.
As a director, he'd have more control over the editing/finished product and IMO, I think it would be a good thing (his ability to see beyond the immediate and understand how one instance would create a sequence of events and/or detract from his vision and a good finished product).
He's also acknowledged to be a good collaborator and generous as a lead. IMO, those kinds of qualities will bode well for him as a director as making a film requires team work and the cooperation of everyone at all levels.
Couldn't say it better Andromeda, our guy is visionary, knows to listen people and I have a feeling that he is quite a smooth operator on the set and a problem solver, both Jimmy Caan and Vera was talking highly of Keanu's skills as a producer, but I have one tiny concern, our guy is known as a perfectionist, so do you think maybe he might push the actors including himself too much and drive them a bit crazy?

“#'64”

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#20 Aug 15, 2011
Leblebi wrote:
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Couldn't say it better Andromeda, our guy is visionary, knows to listen people and I have a feeling that he is quite a smooth operator on the set and a problem solver, both Jimmy Caan and Vera was talking highly of Keanu's skills as a producer, but I have one tiny concern, our guy is known as a perfectionist, so do you think maybe he might push the actors including himself too much and drive them a bit crazy?
No, I don't think so. He may be hard on himself and he may be moody about wanting to deliver what he himself "imagines" (from what I've read). However, I when it comes to fellow actors, I think he has admiration and respect for their "style" which will translate into patience and corroboration. jmo He may also be more open and receptive to their perspective because he's an actor and he knows what it's like to be on the other side delivering what they've been "creating" in their own mind and on their own times via research for weeks/months prior to filming, whereas other directors who have only ever directed wouldn't.(It's about THEM delivering the product they envision.)

You remind me of something I read when they were promoting The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. Robin Wright said (paraphrasing) that she didn't have as much latitude as Keanu did when it came to their characters. That he basically suggested things about his character and Miller let him go with whatever he thought. But that when it came to Wright's character, Miller was very firm and explicit about what would be "delivered" (my word). My thought about that was that Miller couldn't get into Nadeau's head like KR could (being that he's a guy) so she accepted his interpretation of what was best (book or script, etc). However, Miller had something specific in mind (maybe something experiential?) about Wright's character that she did not want lost in translation.(Miller did write the book and she is female and almost 50.)

So there is two extremes from one director on one film.

Anyway, I like the idea of Keanu Reeves directing. IMO, when he looks back on his life, acting will have been the basis for what he becomes. IMO, I think we will see less and less of Keanu Reeves on the big screen.(He's pulling back now.) Partly because the economy is the way it is and H'wood isn't making the movies they used to. Partly because he's evolving. Whatever the case, his timing is good. jmo

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