Keanu Reeves Lining Up Financing For His Directorial Debut 'Man Of Tai Chi'

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 10, 2011 3:03 AM
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"...but what I really want to do is direct" is a phrase is commonly tossed around by actors in Hollywood but few of them ever make the leap. It's a big transition to go from being in front of the camera to being behind, commanding an entire project from start to finish; a daunting task that can overwhelm even the most powerful players in the industry. But as folks like Clint Eastwood, Jon Favreau, George Clooney and more have shown, the leap can be made and done very successfully, which is why we'll be keeping an eye on Keanu Reeves.

The actor has been talking about "Man of Tai Chi" for a while now as a potential directing and starring vehicle. The martial arts film would also star Tiger Chen -- one of the stunt men on "The Matrix" sequels -- with Reeves as the villain in the contemporary-set film that he boasted earlier this year would not hold back on the fisticuffs. "There's 18 fights. We've timed it out. It's about 40 minutes of fighting," he told MTV. "I want to make a good, solid kung fu movie. Good story, good plot — but let's get some good kung fu going!" Now it appears it might be closer to happening.

The Wrap reports that China Film Group and Village Roadshow Pictures are negotiating to finance the film which will be in both English and Mandarin. Of course, that's about all we know right now and there's no word on when those production companies would want to the film to get rolling, but considering Reeves just wrapped "47 Ronin" and his calendar is free right now, this may be happening sooner than we thought.

Say what you will about his acting ability (or perhaps lack thereof), but Reeves is certainly very well versed in kung fu and the stunt choreography behind it, so it will be very interesting to see what he brings to the table. At the very least, he's not gonna skimp on the action. As for that title? Yeah, no one reading 'Tai Chi' is going to think "action extravaganza," so they might want to change that up.

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3 Comments

  • padre | August 10, 2011 12:10 PMReply

    But the title does need to change. TAI CHI is just too tame. I suggest: TIGER since he is the star and hero of the film.

  • padre | August 10, 2011 12:02 PMReply

    SUPERSTAR Keanu Reeves acts just as he should. LARGER THAN LIFE. The petty slurs of a few critics are no more than gnats pissing in the wind. Most of the so called A-listers today don't know how to act like A-listers. They are bland anonymous interchangeable oatmeal. Dubbed A-listers only by the magazines and gone within 3 years. Real A-listers leave an impression and last for decades. All the wannabes should be studying at Keanu's feet, and indeed there have been several collage classes dedicated to the study of Keanu's life and career. Academia understands what petty critics do not! Keanu is the MASTER.

    He needs to star in a movie with SUPERSTAR Angelina Jolie. Preferably in Cleopatra. THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN!

  • Tai Chi Master | August 10, 2011 3:56 AMReply

    You obviously have not seen Yuen Woo Ping's TAI CHI CHUN or TAI CHI MASTER, which are brilliant martial arts spectacles.

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