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Keanu is Ronin

12.08.2008

Nope, Neo won't be the star of the eventual adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel RONIN, nor driving European streets with Jean Reno and Bobby D.

Keanu Reeves is going to be one of 47 RONIN, an in-the-works epic about swordsmen avenging their slain master in 18th century Japan. Though based on a true story, the movie will contain stylized fantasy elements and gritty battle scenes. Plus the not-entirely-Asian Keanu, who will be sort of THE 46th TO LAST SAMURAI, I guess.

The Universal project comes from writer Chris Morgan, who helped inflict WANTED upon me. No director is attached to 47 RONIN yet, but at least Reeves will get to utilize whatever sword skills he picked up from the MATRIX sequels and the canceled SINBAD project. He'll be busy blowing up/preventing blow-uppage this weekend in the remake of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.

Extra Tidbit: I wouldn't mind either a CONSTANTINE or BILL & TED sequel instead, but I guess that ain't gonna happen...
Source: Variety

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8:41PM on 12/11/2008
If they did do a Constantine sequel he'd better be smoking again. That is the major thing I did not like about the first one. I am a huge fan of Hellblazer. I looked past chaz being a teen and him not saying, "funny o world innit?" but John and cigs are iconic. No gum.
If they did do a Constantine sequel he'd better be smoking again. That is the major thing I did not like about the first one. I am a huge fan of Hellblazer. I looked past chaz being a teen and him not saying, "funny o world innit?" but John and cigs are iconic. No gum.
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4:45PM on 12/10/2008

Last Samurai Redux

Keanu Reeves is going to portray a samurai in a time where there were very, very, very few non-Japanese allowed in the country? At a time when a non-Japanese couldn't even begin to be a samurai unless they were born into a family of samurai; or even at a time when hardly anyone knew what a samurai was.

Ah,unless this is sci-fi, I see a turkey on the horizon...

Hollywood thinks they can put white people in any role, whether or not it is historically inaccurate.
Keanu Reeves is going to portray a samurai in a time where there were very, very, very few non-Japanese allowed in the country? At a time when a non-Japanese couldn't even begin to be a samurai unless they were born into a family of samurai; or even at a time when hardly anyone knew what a samurai was.

Ah,unless this is sci-fi, I see a turkey on the horizon...

Hollywood thinks they can put white people in any role, whether or not it is historically inaccurate.
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5:54PM on 12/09/2008

Constantine Sequel

Where the fuck is that? I thought they were going to?
Where the fuck is that? I thought they were going to?
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4:33PM on 12/09/2008

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I completely agree with you about Wanted, pretty cool movie but had seriously almost nothing to do with the graphic novel. Personally I liked the film a lot more than the graphic novel (Millar's done some good stuff and some really crappy stuff in his time, but the fact that he thinks he's such a hot comodity because of Wanted really annoys me). If you were talking about Miller's Ronin in your post then I wouldn't be too worried. He seems to be pretty protective about his stuff and I don't
I completely agree with you about Wanted, pretty cool movie but had seriously almost nothing to do with the graphic novel. Personally I liked the film a lot more than the graphic novel (Millar's done some good stuff and some really crappy stuff in his time, but the fact that he thinks he's such a hot comodity because of Wanted really annoys me). If you were talking about Miller's Ronin in your post then I wouldn't be too worried. He seems to be pretty protective about his stuff and I don't think he'd let them do a film unless he felt it'd be sufficiently faithful to the original.
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3:31PM on 12/09/2008

Hellblazer

I could get behind a Constantine REMAKE if anyone ever decides to do the character justice. Of course, that means no Keanu.
I could get behind a Constantine REMAKE if anyone ever decides to do the character justice. Of course, that means no Keanu.
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1:13PM on 12/09/2008

Constatntine 2

Loved Constantine, need to make a 2nd. 'Nuff said.
Loved Constantine, need to make a 2nd. 'Nuff said.
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12:05PM on 12/09/2008

sequel to bill and ted would be totally non-heinous

i'd be so up for another bill and ted movie as long as they got keanu and alex winter. its a shame george carlin died, he was the man. and i know keanu doesn't want to do another one, so unfortunately it seems like we're gonna get a shitty straight to dvd sequel with no name actors. its a sad world we live in indeed.
i'd be so up for another bill and ted movie as long as they got keanu and alex winter. its a shame george carlin died, he was the man. and i know keanu doesn't want to do another one, so unfortunately it seems like we're gonna get a shitty straight to dvd sequel with no name actors. its a sad world we live in indeed.
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11:24AM on 12/09/2008

Won't stick to the novel because...

Unless I'm mistaken this isn't actually based on a graphic novel at all. Or at least this sentence makes it seem that way: "NOPE, Neo WON'T be the star of the eventual adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel RONIN..." (emphasis mine).

In fact, seeing as how the article says that it will be (very)loosely based on historical events and doesn't reference any prior work with the material I'm inclined to say that this is the closest thing to an 'original' idea Hollywood has had in recent
Unless I'm mistaken this isn't actually based on a graphic novel at all. Or at least this sentence makes it seem that way: "NOPE, Neo WON'T be the star of the eventual adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel RONIN..." (emphasis mine).

In fact, seeing as how the article says that it will be (very)loosely based on historical events and doesn't reference any prior work with the material I'm inclined to say that this is the closest thing to an 'original' idea Hollywood has had in recent memory.

Now as to whether it will be worth watching...well, I'll just wait and see.
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10:35AM on 12/09/2008

Hopefully it sticks to the actual graphic novel

OK, so alot of people will disagree with me but i believe that the movie WANTED.. should never have been given that title. I believe that if you are going to make a Graphic Novel into a movie .. STICK TO THE GRAPHIC NOVEL!!!!...That is not to say that the movie "wanted" was a bad movie. It was far from it. As a movie it was pretty fuckin cool. The reason I say this is because if they are to make a Ronin Movie... I WOULD HOPE.. that they would stick to the Graphic Novel and not bastardize it
OK, so alot of people will disagree with me but i believe that the movie WANTED.. should never have been given that title. I believe that if you are going to make a Graphic Novel into a movie .. STICK TO THE GRAPHIC NOVEL!!!!...That is not to say that the movie "wanted" was a bad movie. It was far from it. As a movie it was pretty fuckin cool. The reason I say this is because if they are to make a Ronin Movie... I WOULD HOPE.. that they would stick to the Graphic Novel and not bastardize it into something completely different.
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10:18AM on 12/09/2008

CONSTANTINE

I am ALL for a Constantine sequel. I enjoyed the first one. Besides, what's the worst that could happen? I couldn't be any worse than Spider-man 3
I am ALL for a Constantine sequel. I enjoyed the first one. Besides, what's the worst that could happen? I couldn't be any worse than Spider-man 3
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8:05AM on 12/09/2008
GGear0323...
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That was great. AND, by the way, I feel the same way you do; I'm pretty much out of words to use to complain about Hollywood.

In fact, I clicked this headline, half expecting that it was a remake of DeNiro's 'Ronin', from ten WHOLE years ago... thank God it wasn't. But I couldn't be sure.
GGear0323...
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That was great. AND, by the way, I feel the same way you do; I'm pretty much out of words to use to complain about Hollywood.

In fact, I clicked this headline, half expecting that it was a remake of DeNiro's 'Ronin', from ten WHOLE years ago... thank God it wasn't. But I couldn't be sure.
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5:50AM on 12/09/2008
i want another constantine but without reeves. imho he was god awful in that.
i want another constantine but without reeves. imho he was god awful in that.
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4:49AM on 12/09/2008
Speed sequel with Jack Traven.
Speed sequel with Jack Traven.
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4:31AM on 12/09/2008
Seriously why must you guys use such deceptive headlines? You know those kind of cheap shots don't score you any points with your readers. I mean come on, I though this whole JoBlo-Schmoe relationship was built on trust?
Seriously why must you guys use such deceptive headlines? You know those kind of cheap shots don't score you any points with your readers. I mean come on, I though this whole JoBlo-Schmoe relationship was built on trust?
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1:22AM on 12/09/2008
i know i should be angered and stupefied that this is taking place, that i should talk about how clueless and unoriginal Hollywood is, but i just cant do it anymore. there is no bounds to the lengths these people will go just to put a movie out there. i have given up bitching because there will never be an end.

in all seriousness, i think we are 3-5 years away from a retelling of the story of Jesus, set in the 25th century featuring a dystopian future controlled by a conglomerate of robot
i know i should be angered and stupefied that this is taking place, that i should talk about how clueless and unoriginal Hollywood is, but i just cant do it anymore. there is no bounds to the lengths these people will go just to put a movie out there. i have given up bitching because there will never be an end.

in all seriousness, i think we are 3-5 years away from a retelling of the story of Jesus, set in the 25th century featuring a dystopian future controlled by a conglomerate of robot controlled Wall-mart like supercenters, with Will Smith in the role of Jesus, and the Jonas brothers playing the 3 wise men, directed by Micheal Bay with creative input provided by George Lucas (there may or may not be a Pod Race scene between Jesus and John the Baptist) ... the film will make mucho $$$$ and most likely spawn a sequel, preferably released 2 years later on Easter, theme song "Resurrection" by Common.
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12:36AM on 12/09/2008
Down for a Constantine 2. How sick was that holy-water-sprinker fight scene?
Down for a Constantine 2. How sick was that holy-water-sprinker fight scene?
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12:34AM on 12/09/2008
I would love a Constantine sequel! That movie is one of my favorites.
I would love a Constantine sequel! That movie is one of my favorites.
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11:58PM on 12/08/2008
Here here for a CONSTANTINE sequel!!
Here here for a CONSTANTINE sequel!!
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