Universal Wants to Help Keanu Reeves Become a Man of Tai Chi


People like to crap all over Keanu Reeves. I’m not one of them. And while I understand why some of you can’t stand the sight of the poor guy — if you paid money to watch “The Lake House” in a darkened theater, I totally get it — I’m of the belief that his strengths outweigh his weaknesses. Hell, I even think that Reeves makes a damn fine action hero. I double dog dare you to watch “Point Break”, “The Matrix”, and “Speed” without changing your tune.

Universal Studios, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, China Film Group, and Wanda Media, will back Reeves’ long-promised actioner “Man of Tai Chi”, an English/Mandarin language kung fu movie which will serve as his directorial debut. Assisting Johnny Mnemonic in this contemporary martial arts flick is Tiger Chen, one of the many talented individuals who helped make “The Matrix” an action classic. In addition to everything else, Reeves will also portray the film’s villain. Whoa. Here’s hoping he hasn’t bitten off more than he can possibly chew.

Here’s what the actor/director had to say about the fights earlier this year:

There’s 18 fights. We’ve timed it out. It’s about 40 minutes of fighting. I want to make a good, solid kung fu movie. Good story, good plot—but let’s get some good kung fu going!

Am I crazy or does this have the potential to be all kinds of awesome? Perhaps. Regardless of your opinion on the subject, “Man of Tai Chi” will begin shooting in China this February.

Via : The Hollywood Reporter

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at) beyondhollywood.com.
  • Zeroshot

    this should be cool,Reeves is fit for a villain role more than a protaginist. he can do his souless gazes and blunt words and it will fit perfect lol.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    This is the approach i want to see DiCaprio (if he’s still involved with production) or anyone take with a “Ninja Scroll” film. This movie could be pretty damned cool if done right.