Keanu Reeves plans to make his directing debut on the kung-fu flick Man of Tai Chi. Reeves also tells MTV that he plans to play the villain in the movie, which would be set in the present day but recall classic kung-fu films. And the film won’t lack for kung-fu fighting:
“There’s 18 fights. We’ve timed it out. It’s about 40 minutes of fighting,” he said. “I want to make a good, solid kung fu movie. Good story, good plot — but let’s get some good kung fu going!”
Hit the jump for more details on the project. Reeves is currently shooting on Carl Rinsch’s 47 Ronin, which is due out in 3D on November 21, 2012 and centers on a group of former samurai avenging the murder of their lord.
Reeves says that Man of Tai Chi is set as a bilingual production:
“We want to do it in Chinese and English, do it as kind of a co-production with CFG perhaps, which is a Chinese film group, kind of a studio. It’s tricky.”
The “tricky” part most likely refers to not only to the international nature of the project, but the notorious Chinese censors who will let Reeves know what he can and can’t put in his movie.