BillyJack.com (US), March 11, 2002

Chat with Tom Laughlin

(snipped for Keanu content)

Billy Jack-Tom - We were approached by a bunch of powerbrokers in the business ...

Billy Jack-Tom - to do a new Billy Jack film. The one thing major studios are desperate for is franchise pictures, and Billy Jack is the biggest franchise picture not owned by a major studio ...

Billy Jack-Tom - We chose the most powerful agency in our business to explore the situation, and immediately had strong interest from people like Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, etc ...

Billy Jack-Tom - We met with Keanu Reeves' manager, and loved everything about what they think the picture shoudl be because it's exactly what we want ...

Billy Jack-Tom - Billy Jack passing down the mantle to a young Billy Jack ... and not a Rush Hour type movie

Billy Jack-Tom - a first rate producing company, called Jersey Films, Danny DeVito's company whose last claim to fame was winning the Academy Award for Erin Brokovich among a dozen beautiful pictures ...

Billy Jack-Tom - also met with us and greed with us exactly how we want to make the film ...

Billy Jack-Tom - It's now up for bid to the studios, and we have no idea how that will all turn out ...

Billy Jack-Tom - and whether or not we ever do make a deal and go forward and make the picture ...

Billy Jack-Tom - The interest is intense, but there is a long way to go so we will just have to wait and see. Within a month we should have a good idea ...

[snip]

Billy Jack-Tom - In response to zatara's little phrase we have, a major consideration for us is that Billy Jack remains exactly true to the basic concept of the original Billy Jack ...

Billy Jack-Tom - and we are much more interested in making the picture upon the foundation of the first Billy jack than in going off on some tangent. One of the things we liked about Keanu is he was not interested in doing another slam bang karate movie, but wanted to make a spiriutal movie which BJ was his favorite ...

Billy Jack-Tom - Zatara, further, all of your questiosn are very pertinent to us ...

Billy Jack-Tom - and rest assured we aren't going to make a deal unless unless we have a great deal of creative control over what happens ...

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Anne @ Cols Ohio - SHE WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE A PRODUCER AND SCRIPT ALL READY?

BJ-Tom - no, not absolutely set ... but we have a tentative agreement with Jersey Films, Danny Devito, STacy Sher, etc., ...

BJ-Tom - and Erwin Stouff, Keanu's manager to produce the picture. No writer will be assigned until we make a sale at the studio so we've got a long way to go ...

BJ-Tom - and yes, I would be the original Billy Jack,, now hopefully a wiser shaman who passes down the important lessons about life and spirituality to the younger BJ, Keanu ...




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