7 Filmmakers Share Their Favorite Keanu Reeves Stories

For three decades now, audiences have been falling in love over and over again with Keanu Reeves. We believe him when he’s saving the world, we believe him when he’s morally ambiguous, and in a few cases, we even believe when he’s the villain. He’s an actor who can transform himself, even when he remains so distinctly, well, Keanu Reeves.

Reeves continues to evolve with the times and only sharpens his skills. What’s not to love about an actor whose movies have blown minds repeatedly as his magnetism and depth deepen with time? Any artist at the stage of Reeves’ career and success who continues growing is doing something right. What has remained from the early days of his acting career is his sincerity and commitment. That sincerity, in particular, is infectious and a part of why audiences and filmmakers remain captivated by him.

With Bill & Ted Face the Music now in theaters and available on VOD, we interviewed directors who’ve worked with Reeves and asked them to share their favorite stories from their collaboration. Here’s what Richard LinklaterChristopher Kenneally, Matthew RossChad Stahelski, Dean Parisot, Francis Lawrence, and Rebecca Miller had to say about their time with the one and only Keanu Reeves.

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Dean Parisot interview

Bill & Ted Face the Music is a very kind-hearted movie. There’s not a single mean-spirited bone in its body. With its unironic heroes, its passion for music, and most importantly, the love between best friends and family, Bill & Ted Face the Music appreciates the best in life.

Whatever obstacles came in the way of the sequel, director Dean Parisot and everyone involved kept going. Parisot, known most famously for the classic Galaxy Quest, delivered a pure sequel with its heart in such the right place. The director, an NYU graduate who won an Oscar for best live-action short film in 1988, told us why he never gave up on Bill & Ted 3 and more.

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Bill and Ted Face the Music

Bill and Ted Face the Music is one of those sequels that people thought would be perpetually talked about but never actually see the light of day. But here we are, with the third installment of the sci-fi comedy series starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter slated for release late this summer. But how did we get here? Well, it sounds like Steven Soderbergh surprisingly had a big hand in helping Bill and Ted Face the Music get in front of cameras. We already knew he was an executive producer on the movie, but the Ocean’s 11 director recently explained how he helped get the movie off the ground. Read More »

Galaxy Quest Documentary

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary

Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime

The Pitch: Galaxy Quest cast members Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Justin Long, Sam Rockwell, Tony Shalhoub, Missi Pyle, Rainn Wilson and Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, along with director Dean Parisot and writer Robert Gordon, share their memories of making the movie in a fantastic ensemble of new interviews. Meanwhile, pop culture favorites such as Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, Greg Berlanti, Damon Lindelof and more than a dozen other notable filmmakers, craftspeople and entertainment-industry observers offer keen insight into how the movie, despite not being a box office sensation, has had a lasting impact and a growing fan base that extends around the world.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Back in 1999, just over 20 years ago around Christmas, the freshly formed DreamWorks studio founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen was in need of a hit. With the sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest, they hoped they had found it. Unfortunately, the movie that cost an estimated $45 million only raked in $71.5 million at the domestic box office and a less than stellar $19.1 million internationally. It wasn’t a flop, but it was far from the big success they hoped it would be. But as time has proven over and over again, that doesn’t always mean a movie will be forgotten. In fact, since being released in theaters, Galaxy Quest has only grown in popularity, obtaining a different kind of success. And the new documentary Never Surrender charts the film’s path to production and ultimate rise to the status of cult classic. Read More »

Bill and Ted Face the Music Photos

Time comes for us all, even when you have a phone booth time machine. In the case of Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan III, time is running out. No, they’re not going to die of old age, even though Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves have aged significantly since playing the bros last time in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey in 1991. Instead, after all this time trying to write the music that’s going to save the world, it turns out they now only only have 80 minutes to make it happen, or we’re all doomed.

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Bill and Ted Face the Music

After years of anticipation and development, we’re finally getting a sequel to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.

Production on Bill and Ted Face the Music officially started today in New Orleans. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are in the bayou to shoot the film, which has been decades in the making. Naturally, the first photo from the film’s set has made its way online. Check out our first look at Bill and Ted Face the Music below. Read More »

Bill and Ted 3

Bill and Ted 3, aka Bill & Ted Face the Music, is closer to reality than ever before. Stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, and series writer Ed Solomon, have offered new details about the long-awaited sequel.

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bill & ted 3

It was over six years ago when Keanu Reeves first got our hopes about a Bill & Ted 3. The sequel has taken its sweet time getting to the big screen, but every once in a while, Reeves and Alex Winter let fans know the film is still very much alive, despite whatever challenges the project has faced.

Below, Winter says he’s hopeful the film will start shooting later this year, although a shoot in the first quarter of 2017 sounds more likely.

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When the director of the first two Star Trek films went to another Star-oriented franchise, the world waited to hear who would direct the third new Star Trek film. Dozens of names were floated for Star Trek 3 and then Roberto Orci, a co-producer and writer on the first two films in the series, stepped into the seat. This was a controversial decision. Orci had never directed a film; fans were worried. Fast-forward a few months and Orci is out. He’s still involved as a producer, but he won’t be directing. The search is on once again on for another director.

As Paramount and Bad Robot frantically try and find someone to hit a planned Summer 2016 release date, we figured we’d help. We came up with 15 names who should, could, and actually might direct Star Trek 3. That means anyone who has an obvious film in the pike is out. Anyone who had passed is out and huge Hail Marys like Spielberg, Nolan or Scorsese are out. What’s left is a half wish-list, half possible list of 15 names. Read our Star Trek 3 director ideas below. Read More »

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Dean Parisot has done a few big-screen directing gigs in the past two decades (Galaxy Quest being the fan favorite) but mostly worked in TV during that period. Now he’s headed back to the big screen with the reins of Red 2 in hand. Summit may be happy with that sequel because the studio is reportedly giving Parisot something a lot more interesting than the geriatric assassins movie: a film about Harry Houdini.

Or at least, it will be a film inspired by Houdini. This is the one scripted by Noah Oppenheim based on William Kalush and Larry Sloman‘s book The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America’s First Superhero. As that title makes clear, this one goes a bit beyond the bounds of portraying Houdini as an escape artist.

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