Looks like Keanu Reeves no longer has to be “sad Keanu.” While everyone was covering his slightly unkept appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, Reeves was making the best of his time at the festival.
It’s now reported that the actor made two very important distribuition deals while at Cannes for two of his films. The two films will see him back up on the big screen where he belongs. From the looks of it, these two films couldn’t be more different from one another. The first one up is Man of Tai Chi, which also happens to be Reeves’ directorial debut. Earlier in the week the film got snatched by Radius-TWC for a “low seven-figure minimum.”
Man of Tai Chi stars Reeves, who is just another actor to break out of the festival as a director. According to reports the central story is about a modern martial arts artist who travels through Beijing and lands himself in an underground fight club. Sounds like a pretty interesting film. His inspiration is said to be Tiger Hu Chen, who he met while filming The Matrix movies.
His second film called Passengers got a pretty penny from The Weinstein Company, which is a sci-fi romance that stars Reeves and Reese Witherspoon. Looking to be a little more commercial than his other flick, The Weinsteins outbid FilmDistrict and Open Road for the rights to the film. The fact that there was a hot bidding war sounds pretty promising for this flick. The creative team alone seems like a blessing as it’s written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) and directed by Game of Thrones helmer Brian Kirk.
For Passengers the film revolves around a spaceship that transports people to a colony. One man (Reeves) is said to wake up from hibernation and faces the ultimate problem of growing old alone. From this dilemma he winds up waking up another passenger, played by Reese Witherspoon, and soon the two get involved in a strange romance.
While Passengers hasn’t begun filming yet, Man Of Tai Chi is pretty much ready to go. Are you excited to see Keanu Reeves up on the big screen again?