Reeves will go 'Fishing' for WB
Sellers, Stoff to produce
by Michael Fleming
NEW YORK -- Keanu Reeves is attached to "Fishing for Moonlight" for Village Roadshow Pictures and Warner Bros., the companies behind hit pic "The Matrix," which gave Reeves a major boost this past summer.
Film will be based on the true story of a stockbroker whose life is destroyed when he frees a prostitute from the Russian mafia.
Project was brought to Village Roadshow Prods chairman and CEO Bruce Berman and exec Bernie Goldmann by producer Dylan Sellers, producer of "The Replacements," the gridiron comedy Reeves just wrapped for Warners.
Sellers will produce the film with Reeves' manager, Erwin Stoff. After a finished script is turned in, producers are hoping to ready the film for Reeves before he leaves for Australia next fall to shoot back-to-back sequels to "The Matrix."
"Fishing for Moonlight" is based on an article Daniel Jeffreys wrote for the London Times about a stockbroker who visits a brothel boasting Russian beauties and finds himself in a room with a young immigrant who is clearly terrified. The stockbroker eventually decides to save the girl.
After Reeves signed a deal that will pay him $30 million against 15% of the gross for the two "Matrix" sequels (Daily Variety, Aug. 24), the actor hoped to squeeze in a film or two before he begins a 250-day production schedule next fall with Larry and Andy Wachowski.
Thesp has been sweet on a WB remake of the 1968 romance "Sweet November," which will be directed by Pat O'Connor ("Circle of Friends"); if "Moonlight" gets a greenlightable script, Reeves will likely do both before doing the "Matrix" sequels.
The alliance between Reeves and Village Roadshow comes after the company co-financed "The Matrix" and its sequels. It gives Village another project after finishing a year in which it partnered with WB on five films with a worldwide gross surpassing $1 billion.
Reeves is agented by CAA; Jeffreys is repped by William Morris' Mike Lubin.