When Keanu Reeves isn’t busy prepping movies, he seems to spend most of his free time talking to MTV reporters about them. On recent sit-downs he has spilled some details about both his upcoming samurai movie 47 Ronin and also the possible third sequel to Bill & Ted that keeps getting hinted at. Let’s dig in.
If it were just Alex Winters talking about a possible sequel to Bill & Ted, then it would be pretty easy to ignore. I call it the Tom Arnold effect. But when the more successful half of the duo, Keanu Reeves, starts to make hints that another go around is going down, well then buddy boy you better stand up and take notice. Starting around last September Reeves did exactly that by saying that the original B&T writers, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, were “going to try and see if they can write something.” When recently asked what the current status was on those efforts were, Reeves said, “I believe the writers are six weeks away from a draft. No pressure, guys!” Six weeks sounds a lot more concrete than trying to see if they can whip up a little something-something. Maybe this thing is going down after all. But what would another Bill and Ted movie be about here in 2011, with a rapidly aging duo of actors? Reeves gave a little hint:
“When we last got together, part of it was that Bill and Ted were supposed to have written the song that saved the world, and it hasn’t happened. So they’ve now become kind of possessed by trying to do that. Then there’s an element of time and they have to go back,” he said before trailing off. Call me crazy, but I’m willing to go all in for another Bill and Ted movie. Those things were pure lunacy and they became huge box office successes. You don’t get that sort of weirdness in movie theaters very often in this day and age.
What I’m less looking forward to is seeing Reeves star in what sounds like a much more serious than Wyld Stallyns samurai movie. The other film that Reeves has been talking about is called 47 Ronin, it’s being made by a relatively new director in Carl Rinsch, and it’s poised to be in 3D. Oy vey. What is it going to be about? So says Keanu: “I call it a story of revenge and impossible love … the samurai become outcast and decide to enact revenge on the person who is responsible for the death of their lord.” Okay, that’s great and all, but Keanu looks mostly like a white dude and sounds like he’s straight out of the valley. What on Earth would he be doing in a samurai movie? I mean, it’s not like he’s Tom Cruise, who’s good enough at space voodoo to do whatever he wants. Reeves says that he plays Kai, a character he describes as, “an outsider, a kind of half-breed with a mysterious past, who’s in love with the princess and she’s in love with me, but we can’t be together.” So kind of like Mario? Okay, I get it. Carry on Keanu, carry on.