In two separate interviews published this week — one on Screencrush, and another on Indiewire — Keanu Reeves spoke to the fact that he hasn’t really worked on a big studio film since 2008’s The Day the Earth Stood Still, except for the financial flop, 47 Ronin. Reeves has been working in a lot of indie films, lately, and while that’s fine and dandy, he’s prefer it if he were still working on bigger films.
“I haven’t been getting many offers from the studios,” he told Indiewire. Asked if he was OK with that, he responded:
No, it sucks, but it’s just the way it is. You can have positive and negative experiences, but what I like about studios are the resources and the worlds that they can create. Obviously, a lot of good filmmakers work on studio movies. Even when I was working on studio movies more often, I was always doing independent movies. So for me, that was just not happening, but I want to keep going, making things, and telling stories. I want to be able to do that — to be an actor, a director, to produce, you know? If we’re going to do a delineation between studio and independent [films], I was always hoping to do both.
Over on Screencrush, he explained he “doesn’t know why” he hasn’t gotten big studio offers, but admits that it’s allowed him to do new and interesting things. “Yeah, absolutely, knock on wood. I’ve always tried to make stuff doing different genres, so, for me, yeah, it was OK.”
Of course, this happened to Keanu Reeves once before. He went five years after Speed before he had another big hit, and then Matrix resurrected his career. Given the stellar notices on John Wick, which opens this weekend, and the fact that the film — I hear — does something fun and intesting with the action genre, it could very well represent another Matrix rebound for Reeves, although even if it doesn’t, he’ll be coming to television soon with Rain, a mini-series based on the best-selling book series by Barry Eisler.