Wachowskis and Keanu together again?
This news coming from slashfilm, one of my favorite movie blogs on the web:
According to pretty much the most obscure news source I’ve ever seen anyone cite ( a German radio station), Wachowski brothers’ producer Joel Silver says the brother are ready to bounce back from their less-than-successful attempt at a live-action “Speed Racer” movie. With what you say? A comic book adaptation of Plastic Man, a superhero I’m not really all that familiar with.
And not only that, but word on the street is the brothers will be enlisting the help of none other than Neo himself, Keanu Reeves. Now, I know that Reeves isn’t exactly the best actor in Hollywood, but I really think the Wachowskis really got a great performance out of him in the Matrix Trilogy, especially in the original flick.
I’m really excited to see the trio work together again. Is there actually a good chemistry among the three or did everything just come together nicely for “The Matrix”?
Well, here’s what the Germans’ said:
“[The tipster] claims that Silver says that Keanu Reeves will be playing Eels O’Brien (the real name of Plastic Man). Apparently this is the start of a new love period between Reeves and the Wachowskis, as Silver (via tipster) said that the brothers want to work with him on all their future projects.”
Obviously that means there really is a great working relationship that the brothers want to continue. I think that when directors find actors they really want to work with, it really shows in the final product — Wes Anderson with the Wilson brothers, Kevin Smith with Ben Affleck and Jason Lee, etc.
I think the Wachowski brothers really have a lot of potential. They just haven’t hit it in a lot of their products. I mean, when their films work, they really work. Both “The Matrix” and “V for Vendetta” are absolutely stunning. If working with Reeves can reignite the passion that came through in the first Matrix, which would translate to more great films from these two, I’m all for it.
Like I said before, I really don’t know much about the Plastic Man story. I would be willing to guess that it shares a lot of thematic elements with the Wachowskis’ other flicks. There seems to be running questions or morality and such in all their flicks, so it just seems natural that they would be showcased in this one, too.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who isn’t familiar with Plastic Man. The guys at slashfilm needed to quote his wikipedia article, too:
“Plastic Man can stretch his limbs and body to superhuman shapes, lengths and sizes, with flexibility and coordination extraordinarily beyond the natural limits of the human body. He can become entirely flat so that he can slip under a door, use his fingers to pick conventional locks, pose as inanimate objects such as vehicles or pieces of furniture, and disguise himself by changing the shape of his face. There is no known limit to how far he can stretch his body.”
I could’ve sworn this superhero went by Stretch Armstrong. Plastic, to my knowledge, doesn’t stretch that well. Eh, what do I know.