12.29.2011

keanu reeves to direct man of tai chi

I am both mildly curious and just plain dreading this... Keanu Reeves is set to start working on his directorial debut, the kung fu flick Man of Tai Chi: Village Roadshow Asia, Universal Among Backers For Keanu Reeves' China-Set Directorial Debut 'Man Of Tai Chi.'

Produced by Village Roadshow Asia, China Film Group and Wanda Media Group, the film is set in modern Beijing and will start filming in February, starring martial artist Tiger Chen and Karen Mok. This has the potential to be kind of awesome or terribly stupid:
Village Roadshow Asia, China Film Group and Wanda Media Group are teaming to co-produce Keanu Reeves' directorial debut, Man Of Tai Chi, which will be co-financed and distributed by the partners and Universal Studios. The action drama is set in modern Beijing and centers on the spiritual journey of a young martial artist (Tiger Chen) whose skills create both vast opportunities and painful choices; Reeves will co-star. Lemore Syvan is producing. The production will shoot in Beijing, Hong Kong and Macau beginning in February, and the plan is to make a film that targets the vast China market as well as the rest of the world. Village Roadshow will distribute the film in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore; China Film Group and Wanda in China; and Universal the rest of the world including the U.S. "The opportunity to get further involved in the Chinese market and to bring Chinese films to audiences around the world is important to Universal," Universal's President, International David Kosse said in the release announcing the project. "Man of Tai Chi has an amazing pedigree of filmmakers and we're thrilled to be a part of Keanu's directorial film debut."
Fingers crossed. Universal is aiming for a 2013 release. More here: Keanu Reeves' Directorial Debut 'Man of Tai Chi' Gets Greenlight.