Keanu Reeves talks the Matrix, Bill and Ted and Replicas at NYCC
by Hugh Sheridan
Keanu Reeves talked with producer Stephen Hamel and director Jeffrey Nachmanoff at a panel about their upcoming film Replicas which also touched on the future of The Matrix movies and Bill and Ted.
They discussed how Replicas started as a project with with famed Hollywood producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura. Keanu trusted him as they worked on several previous projects such as Constantine together.
Reeves plays a neuroscientist working on transferring human consciousness on to a computer. He brings his dead wife back and “hijinks ensue,” according to Reeves.
They showcased the world premiere of the trailer which went live simultaneously on the internet.
Reeves talked about the moral and ethical questions of bringing some one back. There’s a lot that’s not in the trailer, they hinted, so expect big twists.
Reeves was asked why he keeps making Science Fiction films. “I love Science Fiction – love the world building, love the way it can be a Trojan horse – all other genres can fit inside SF.”
“And sometimes you get spaceships and aliens and, you know, cool stuff!” he said.
Reeves said the scientist he plays starts monkeying with the consciousness of the people he is reviving – making changes to improve them which leads to unexpected results.
They filmed in Puerto Rico last year – very much in the news at the moment– they set up their own fund to help the island and urged the crowd to contribute to any charities that helping the population there.
The question was asked that even if you could create a perfect replication of the dead people – would it really be them? And that’s the central question of the film. “There’s a price to pay when you play with mother nature,” said director Nachmanoff.
Reeves was asked about his other projects;
Bill and Ted - Reeves said “we’re trying, script is called Bill & Ted Face the Music, a cautionary tale – they haven’t saved the world, children have grown up, kids don’t care – then the future comes and says “you’ve gotta write the song and that where it begins.”
But getting the film greenlighted has been a struggle. “Show business is tough these days.”
Remaking the Matrix? He asked the crowd if they wanted a remake. I think he hoped that they would say no – but the very mention of the series got the audience excited. He then said that he’s “not involved” in whatever plans are out there.
He avoids talking about John Wick 3 – but says they are hoping to film it next year with the same director as John Wick 2. The challenge is in topping the first two because “if it sucks” they would have messed up big time.