January 16, 2004
Upcoming comedy project

From Coming Soon.net, thanks POTD

"Producers Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, whose Along Came Polly opens today and Garden State bows at Sundance, have closed development deals for projects involving Keanu Reeves and Harrison Ford, reports Variety.

The Reeves project is a comedy based on an idea generated by the "Matrix" star. He'll play an American who becomes a success in London and has to deal with the cultural differences. They've set Michael Kalesniko to script the film."

Oooo, I'm very excited to hear this. Especially that it's going to be an original story based on an idea of his. Should be interesting. And of course, I love him in a comedy.

cinema | from inside the mind of krix at January 16, 2004 08:49 AM .

...just think of it - him trying to maneuver a Harley on the "wrong" side of the road!!! Bowler hat, striped suit and umbrella! LOL!

Posted by: Niobe on January 16, 2004 09:19 AM

Why oh why didn't he come to London when I worked there in the arts?

Oh yeah...he was about 12 years old then.

I'd love to see him in another comedy. I guess he knows all about the cultural differences, with his Mum and Amanda deC...*sour face* And what about the Macbeth film in Scotland? Is he doing a UK tour or something?

Posted by: bakednudel on January 16, 2004 09:22 AM

He has said in the past he is a huge anglophile, and this project sounds promising. The screenwriter Michael Kalesniko did Private Parts and How To Kill You Neighbor's Dog (with Kenneth Branagh) - both with critically acclaimed, clever and amusing dialogue.

I can see him living in London for a while...

Posted by: Chianti on January 16, 2004 10:01 AM

I LOVED "How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog!!!" I was excited about this new comedy, but now I am really stoked to know that the screenwriter is one I'm familiar with. Yeah, I can totally see him living in London for awhile. London is one of my favorite cities. Not to mention, England is the home of a certain playwright of whose works Keanu is particularly fond. So I guess the place to hang out waiting for his Harley to roar up would be Stratford-upon-Avon?

Posted by: Melissa on January 16, 2004 10:10 AM

Looks as if he is moving into some good pieces of work. I live in Scotland and work in film liaison, and we've got a couple of castles in our area that he could use for Macbeth! George Clooney is producing a movie on location down the road just now, so all things are possible. And we can but dream .....

Posted by: Deborah on January 16, 2004 11:41 AM

If they can extend the plot enough and make it involved and interesting this film should be a great watch. Everything has to work out though; the script and dialogue for a movie such as this has to be really good or it'll turn into an uneventful string of comedic mishaps, ya know? (I'm thinking along the line of last year's Hollywood Homicide, if anyone liked it no offense intended but it didn't do well in theatres..)
I'm sure it's gonna be great though (if this isn't a rumor of rumors)...and hopefully, if he did come up with the idea and it's not just a rumor, should generate more credit for Keanu in general...
I'd love to see him in a genuine comedy; I just pray it has a great script and works out on the whole

Posted by: stacey717 on January 16, 2004 12:34 PM

This sounds interesting! I'm very impressed that someone is writing a script based on an idea of Keanu's. I wonder if he will get any credit??

Posted by: Lisa on January 16, 2004 12:35 PM

For those of you who haven't seen it, go rent "How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog." This movie is so funny, but it is not the slapstick kind of funny. If this movie is anything like "Dog," it will really showcase Keanu's subtle humor.

Posted by: Melissa on January 16, 2004 12:57 PM

I just added it to my Neflix queue.

Posted by: krix on January 16, 2004 01:04 PM

I REALLY hope this is not just a rumor. He is sooooo great in light fare. He just *sparkles* in SGG.

Posted by: r.j.girl on January 16, 2004 04:06 PM

Hi, just wanted to confirm it's true. There's a syndicated interview he did which appeared in a Malaysian magazine called Galaxie in Nov 2003, where he spoke about having this American in London comedy idea, and finding a scriptwriter and director for it. So it's been hatching for quite a while.

He also mentions he's got a couple of other ideas, but this one is the most prominent.

This is his pet project, so don't be too surprised to see him as an executive producer of it. He went all out to find a scriptwriter and producer for it.

Posted by: Lanfear on January 16, 2004 05:42 PM

Thanks so much for that info, Lanfear.

Posted by: krix on January 16, 2004 05:46 PM

All out you say? Hmmm, I've wanted to write a screenplay for quite some time now.

Posted by: sta-cie on January 17, 2004 02:55 AM

What did you say his other ideas were? ;D

Posted by: sta-cie on January 17, 2004 02:59 AM

He didn't mention his other ideas. But he did say he was thinking of his American in London thing as a sort of chef film. I'm not sure what a chef film means. Perhaps someone can enlighten us.

Posted by: Lanfear on January 17, 2004 07:56 AM


Thanks Lanfear!

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