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Keanu Reeves Joins Yet Another Sci-Fi Thriller, Get The Details

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keanu reeves john wickKeanu Reeves has been a part of some of the best sci-fi movies of all time, like the Matrix and Bill and Ted franchises, and some of the worst sci-fi movies of all time, like Johnny Mnemonic and the Day the Earth Stood Still remake. Whether you like it or not, the actor is completely embedded in genre projects as of late, and is possibly adding the mindbending thriller, The Panopticon, to his upcoming slate. I adore this kind of movie, so here’s hoping this flick comes together quickly.

Here’s what The Panopticon is all about. Reeves, who is currently in talks according to TheWrap, will play a normal guy who gets an extremely strange package at his door. It contains a message that warns the world is going to end and that he is the only person out there who can save it. Whose voice is on the message? His.

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Keanu Reeves Adds This Sci-Fi Thriller To His Already Full Genre Plate

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John WickIf you’re looking for something non-science fiction to watch in the movie theaters, we would like to wholeheartedly recommend John Wick to all of you. The Keanu Reeves-fronted revenge picture is totally badass and more fun than it has any right to be (with more than its fair share of biblical allusions as well, oddly enough). And while talk of Bill and Ted 3 continues, before that happens, if it ever materializes, Reeves is going to get his sci-fi ya-yas off. Not only is he working on the long gestating Passengers, but the Point Break star is working to develop and star in a promising genre joint called Replicas.

Whereas Passengers is more of a sci-fi love story, often compared to movies like The Time Traveller’s Wife and About Time—in fact, Rachel McAdams, who starred in both of those movies, was, and may still be, attached to star opposite Reeves—Replicas is more of a thriller. The idea is based on a treatment delivered by Reeves and Stephen Hamel, who produced John Wick and is also working on Passengers.

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Keanu Reeves And Roland Emmerich Have Big Plans For Your TV

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Keanu ReevesNeither Keanu Reeves nor Roland Emmerich are any strangers to big time action. One thing they haven’t done much of up to this point in their respective careers, however, is work in television. Emmerich has had forays as a producer, and Reeves is scheduled to appear in the mini-series Rain before long, but the bulk of their time has been spent on big screens around the world. That’s in the process of changing at the moment, as the two are teaming up for a new sci-fi series called New Angels.

According to a press release from Slingshot Global Media, they are partnering with Reeves, via his Company Films banner, and Emmerich’s Centropolis, to develop this new project. Both will also executive produce, with Emmerich eyeing the director’s chair—surprise, surprise—at least for the pilot. Get ready for some big destruction on your small screen in the vein of Independence Day, White House Down, and The Day After Tomorrow.

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Keanu Reeves Gives Reddit An Update About Cowboy Bebop And Bill & Ted 3

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KeanuIs Keanu Reeves an immortal? There is a certain ineffable quality about him, a certain zen tranquility. So when someone directly asked him about his theoretical immortality, he responded in a very…well, a very “Keanu” way. “No,” he replied, “but energy cannot be created or destroyed they say.”

That was just one of many responses the actor delivered as part of an AMA — “ask me anything” — on Reddit last week. There were, as you’d likely expect, quite a few silly questions mixed with the usual generic celebrity queries (“Do you mind if people come up and say hi to you on the street?”), but he did specifically provide updates on two long-lingering projects: a live-action adaptation of the anime series Cowboy Bebop and a third installment in the beloved Bill & Ted series.

Sadly, for those of you holding out hope for a Keanu-led Bebop flick, the news is not good. Reeves said, “Cowboy Bebop does not look like it is going to happen with me in it. The script that was written was great and amazing, but it would cost like half a billion dollars to make it.” Keanu was first revealed to be attached to the Cowboy Bebop movie back in 2008, with him set to take on the lead role of Spike Spiegel. At the time it was targeting a 2011 release and had a script by Peter Craig (The Town). It had since languished in development hell, and there’s no word at the moment whether it might eventually spring back to live with different talent involved. On the upside, you’ll be able to get your Cowboy Bebop fix on Blu-ray next summer, courtesy of FUNimation.

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Reese Witherspoon Will Fly Through Space With Keanu Reeves In Passengers

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reeseGround Control to Major Tom. Check ignition and may Keanu Reeves be in someone else’s ship. Dammit, he’s in this one. We recently reported on Reeves returning to the sci-fi genre. I’m not going to lie to you, I cannot wait to see his directorial debut, the martial arts fest Man of Tai Chi, for reasons both unironic and, yes, ironic. But anyone is welcome in the sci-fi game, and The Matrix and — by extension — the Bill and Ted films are three of the most memorable films within the context of my life. (tears up)

Reese Witherspoon, however, has not been in any film that I hold dear to my heart, as much as I enjoyed Election and Freeway. In any case, she is in talks to join Reeves in Wayfare Entertainment’s Passengers, directed by Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones), with a screenplay written by the Prometheus screenwriter who isn’t Damon Lindelof (Jon Spaihts).

So far as I can tell, sci-fi just isn’t a genre that Reese Witherspoon gets into, other than voicing Ginormica in Monsters vs. Aliens. She is currently starring in Jeff Nichols’ off-kilter drama Mud with Matthew McConaughey, and has a couple of high-profile films coming out in Devil’s Knot, the drama about the West Memphis Three case, and Philippe Falardeau’s The Good Lie, in which she’ll play an American woman taking in a Sudanese refugee.

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Keanu Reeves Will Wake Up In Space For Brian Kirk’s Passengers

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reevesSay you’re in the middle of the deepest sleep of your life, and you’re drawn out of it well before you’re supposed to wake up. What’s the last thing you want to see? Okay, so a Jar Jar Binks sizzle reel is probably the worst, but having one of Keanu Reeves’ characters standing above you would be pretty awful as well. But that’s the central idea of his next project, his first in the science fiction genre since Scott Derrickson’s The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Wayfare Entertainment will be financing and producing Passengers, a sci-fi romance to be helmed by first-time feature director Brian Kirk, who has directed lots of TV episodes for series such as Game of Thrones and Luck. The script was written by Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts, who was recently attached to the Black Hole remake. And, of course, it will star Keanu Reeves. Will a Reeves/Spaihts collaboration be the kick in the pants that science fiction needs? Make sure that’s a big basket you’re putting those eggs in.

So what story will Passengers tell? Some kind of spacecraft is transporting thousands of citizens across the galaxy to colonize a distant planet. While in route, one of the sleep chambers messes up, and Keanu Reeves wakes up 90 years before he’s supposed to. And because staying awake for that long by yourself can be a total shitshow, he decides to wake up a female passenger, and a strange romance begins to form. The female has yet to be cast.