Keanu Reeves Moving Ahead With MAN OF TAI CHI
August 28, 2011 -
The Matrix 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’re 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.
Both make perfect sense as Village Roadshow were backers of
The Matrix films and with the
film being partially in Mandarin it is exactly the sort of high profile, star
driven, but still China-friendly project that the mainland Chinese industry is
lusting to get in to on a co-production basis.