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Sin City 2 Funded, Bruce Willis Is Newest GI Joe, Keanu Reeves Directs

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood August 10, 2011 at 9:00AM

Keanu Reeves will direct, write and star in Man of Tai Chi, a Mandarin and English language film. He is now is in talks with Village Roadshow Pictures and China Film Group, reports The Wrap. The martial arts film will be Reeves’ directorial debut and will also star Tiger Chen, who was part of the martial arts team on The Matrix.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Keanu Reeves will direct, write and star in Man of Tai Chi, a Mandarin and English language film. He is now is in talks with Village Roadshow Pictures and China Film Group, reports The Wrap. The martial arts film will be Reeves’ directorial debut and will also star Tiger Chen, who was part of the martial arts team on The Matrix.

-Last month, Robert Rodriguez confirmed that Frank Miller had written the script for Sin City 2. Now he has added financing as well. At Comic-Con he said filming could start “as early as later this year.” Still no news with the casting, but rumors are that the story line is A Dame to Kill For, which would bring back both Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba.

-Bruce Willis is in negotiations to play the original Joe for GI Joe 2: Retaliation, writes THR. Willis’ role would be General Joe Colton, who started the GI Joe strike team. Director Jon Chu plans to begin shooting later this month in New Orleans. Paramount has set a release date of June 29, 2012.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.