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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Ted! Whoa!

Published at: May 8, 2009, 3:51 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I'm sure Keanu Reeves is tired as shit of being of snarky Bill and Ted joke headlines, but goddamn I love 'em. No disrespect intended, but Ted Theodore Logan will always be my favorite Keanu character. Reeves is looking to topline a new retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson's original THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE at Universal, which, oddly, isn't their only Jekyll and Hyde movie in the pipeline. Guillermo del Toro is attached to another one, but I think he might be busy for a little bit down in New Zealand. Anyway, Revolutionary Road's writer Justin Haythe is penning the script with Reeves set to star. No details have come out yet on the angle of the story... period or modern day, etc, etc. I can only hope that they dig up Alex Winter to pop in the flick somewhere... Thoughts? -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



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  • May 8, 2009, 3:53 a.m. CST

    First?!

    by blakindigo

  • May 8, 2009, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Producer onboard?

    by blakindigo

    It's a Universal picture, no? So, what's the angle? Is it a reboot ala "The Wolf Man"?

  • May 8, 2009, 3:55 a.m. CST

    fuck that

    by chuffsterUK

    bloke can't act

  • May 8, 2009, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Because Keanu did so well

    by deanbarry

    in Bram Stokers Dracula. Man...I dunno about this. I love the Point Break "Whoa" dude. BUTT...and that But is bigger than J-Lo's...he stinks at accents. Authenticity and solid acting are therefore, out the window on this one. And I hope to GOD the Mr. Hyde IS NOT the piece of shit CGI we got in Van Helsing and that other thing I refuse to mention starring the great Sean Connery.

  • May 8, 2009, 4:04 a.m. CST

    deanbarry

    by blakindigo

    You can say it: "League of Extraordinary Gentleman." I know…I know—I don't want you to relive that painful memory, please understand. We must face our pain and conquer it. Exorcise that demon and it will all be better. Really, it will.

  • May 8, 2009, 4:23 a.m. CST

    meeerrr

    by TheExterminator

  • May 8, 2009, 4:27 a.m. CST

    He can just remind himself to go back later and leave a cure

    by Toilet_Terror

    Dr. Jeckyll Esquire

  • May 8, 2009, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Yes!

    by caruso_stalker217

    Here's hoping it's a full-length version of all the deleted Harker scenes from DRACULA.

  • May 8, 2009, 4:54 a.m. CST

    blakindigo

    by deanbarry

    Nope...can't bring myself to even think of it. Any movie that has the power to make Connery turn his back on acting, ain't worth it.

  • May 8, 2009, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Grow a handlebar mustache, Reeves.

    by MenLeavingFactory1903

    Wear a dress and speak with the accent of a ninety year old Chinese woman. ESCAPE the same Reeves that I just can't bear to watch anymore.

  • May 8, 2009, 6:26 a.m. CST

    I hope Hyde IS shit CGI..

    by The Dark Shite

    and not Keanu Reeves. At least shit CGI can look animated.

  • May 8, 2009, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Watching James Nesbitt in Steven Moffat's 'Jekyll' on the BBC...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...makes me realise just how out of his depth Reeves will be in this role. Hell, even Jason Flemyng's Hyde in LXG was entertaining up to a point.<p>The twin role of Jekyll/Hyde calls for both tortured restraint and OTT theatrics - both of which are sadly beyond our lad Keanu.

  • May 8, 2009, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Hotel, motel

    by I AM ROCKO

    So another film about that Dr dude checks into being a nice guy or nutcase. Jekyll and Hyde has been done so many times before, so like the upcoming Wolfman and Robin Hood I cannot get excited about it. They could make it like the actual original book and have it from other character's perspectives, Mary Reily was an interesting failure but is long enough ago to try again?

  • May 8, 2009, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Do ONE movie for Jekyll, ONE movie for Hyde!

    by ricarleite2

    Kinda like Letters From Iwo Jima and Flags From Our Fathers, but sillier.

  • May 8, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST

    We'll get THIS, still w/o ever seeing Mamet's version?!?!

    by TheSeeker7

    That's right. "Diary Of A Young London Physician" starring Jude Law and Penelope Cruz, written & directed by David Mamet -- a COMPLETELY FILM, has been sitting on a shelf for YEARS, and we're not gonna get to see it before Keanu takes a turn?? And hell I even like Keanu, but c'mon man...

  • May 8, 2009, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Dare I say it?

    by Kid Z

    "I just tested my new serum on myself and... WHOA!... Dude, I feel evil!"

  • May 8, 2009, 7:52 a.m. CST

    M-O-O-N. That spells "Mamet"

    by TomCullen

    Everything I've ever heard and read about Mamet's Diary of a Young London Physician project said that it fell apart due to financing issues right before filming was due to start, so I don't know how there'd be a completed film of it just sitting around somewhere...

  • May 8, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Hey, Connery in "LXG"...

    by Kid Z

    ...actually punched out director Stephen Norrington ON THE SET! How could anyone ever top that? He deserves his retirement.

  • May 8, 2009, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Sounds OK...

    by toro004

    Actually sounds OK. Not woo-hoo wao awesome, but OK. And given the writer, it seems promising...

  • May 8, 2009, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Biggusdickus, I just saw Jekyll last week

    by Darkartist

    And it was the coolest fucking show I've seen since Angel went off the air! I thought it'd be hokey but the second that Mr HYDE appears a smile remained on my face through six episodes. It's some of the finest dark comedy the BBC ever created. Keanu Reeves is kidding himself if he thinks he can come within five miles of James Nesbitt's brilliant performance.

  • May 8, 2009, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Nicolas Winding Refn WILL BE DIRECTING

    by Sir Pirvan

    Saw on Danish news that Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn will be directing NeoTed. Intwesting, isn't it?

  • May 8, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Ideal role for the Balenator!!

    by performingmonkey

    But seeing as Batman is very Jekyll & Hyde he wouldn't feel the need to do it.

  • May 8, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Why???

    by whitty

    Why does Keanu Reeves, one of the WORST actors in the history of Hollywood, continue to get work? This guy KILLED Constantine and The Day the Earth Stood Still, and he's been awful in just about every other film he's been in--except for the Bill & Ted movies, and Parenthood, in which he had to play an idiot, and except for the Matrix films, in which he played a guy with no emotional range or human qualities.

  • May 8, 2009, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Why do Kenau insist of shoehorning himself in these picture?

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    He was his wooden bland self in Day The Earth Stood Still remake. So expect another wooden, laughable performance from this guy.

  • May 8, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST

    maan, I could go for some...

    by RockLobster800

    Del Toro based Dr. Jekyll....then again I could go for some Del Toro based anyhting. Imagine if he re-adapted Stephen King's It....let it sink in a few minutes and you pick up on how amazing that could potentially be.And not just as a special effects show case, the guy does great emotional character scenes, ala Devils Backbone, Pans Labyrinth...Jesus even the "getting pissed" scene in Hellboy 2, and "It" stands and falls on the portrayal of those characters rather than on Pennywise.Oh and while Im at it...Paul Bettany for Pennywise.

  • May 8, 2009, 10:30 a.m. CST

    darkartist...

    by RockLobster800

    while I dont doubt that James Nesbitt is a better actor than Keanu, the fact that some one is even comparing them is really funny to me. I never thought Id see the day where someone calls the acting ability of the guy from the Yellow Pages adverts better than Ted"theodore" Logan...thats made my day actually...admittingly its been a slow day!

  • May 8, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    RockLobster800

    by BiggusDickus

    You just reminded me of those Yellow Pages ads! But come on, they were funny! <p>Nesbitt dressed in a green garden gnome costume in a room full of Elvis clones ("Look, my invite definitely said 'Elves!'") was funnier than pretty much anything that passes for comedy on British TV these days...

  • May 8, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    and Darkartist...

    by BiggusDickus

    Check the guy out in 'Murphy's Law' where he plays it totally straight as a tough undercover cop. I know BBC America ran the first series...

  • May 8, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    yeah, some of them were good...

    by RockLobster800

    my favourite was one wear he cuts his daughters hair after promising his wife to take her to the hair dressers, and when the wife comes home to see the crap hair cut he lies and said the barber just did an appalling job. So it ends with him driving to the hairdresser and pretending to go nuts at the owner, violently waving his arms and stuff, while the wife looks on in the car, and when it cuts inside he's just begging them to fix the kid's hair and cover up for him....I was then shocked that a couple of months later the american Grounded For Life had exactly the same plot! I must look into what the time frame was between them to estimate whether one ripped the other off or not...

  • May 8, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Alex winter as Jekyll....

    by Tony fucknuts

    ...and keanu as Hyde.

  • May 8, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST

    I'd love to see Mr. Hyde done EXACTLY as he was...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comics (especially book two)<p>"You should see me dance the Polka..."

  • May 8, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    RockLobster800

    by Darkartist

    LMAO! I'm a yank that only recently began to immerse myself in the glory of the BBC. In three months I've manage to digest a tremendous amount of british television and I had no idea James Nesbitt did Yellow Page ads. That's fucking hilarious. I'm glad you told me that after I'd already become a fan. It would've taken more time for me to believe he was a charming psychopath.

  • May 8, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    DARKARTIST

    by palimpsest

    Get yourself a copy of the BBC miniseries version of STATE OF PLAY, if you haven't already done so...

  • May 8, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Nobody has brought up Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Jive?

    by Cotton McKnight

    The classic song by Men at Work?

  • May 8, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Biggusdickus

    by Darkartist

    You said Nesbitt's commercials were funnier than anything on BritTV. Give me a top five of your favorite BBC comedies in the past five years. Snuff Box, Big Train & The Peter Serafinowicz Show were brilliant. Although I have to admit I don't know why these british sketch comedy shows adopt that odd habit of repeating the same bit every episode when there are only six per season. That Man Stroke Woman show would repeat the exact same sketch multiple times in a SINGLE episode. That's baffling to me when so many of those sketches were bad from the start.

  • May 8, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Palimpsest

    by Darkartist

    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll check it out this weekend.

  • May 8, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST

    darkartist

    by RockLobster800

    if you're looking for good british comedy, track down Peep Show if you havent seen it...its from Channel 4 rather than BBC, but its probably the best british show on tv generally(not just comedy) at the minute-its a travesty that it only gets commissioned for 6 episodes a year.and I know it can plug the trans-atlantic gap cos Ive a friend in Ohio who is obsessed with it

  • May 8, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Recurring sketches on Snuff Box

    by Darkartist

    were actually good. The one with Matt Berry & Rich Fulcher in the studio ridiculing various rock icons that visited was cool and funny every time. I was laughing so hard I couldn't breath when Jimi Hendrix, after being relentlessly mocked by Fulcher, loses his cool and lunges at him. Alice Lowe doing David Bowie was great, as well.

  • May 8, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Keanu's best role

    by gavdiggity

    was the French-Canadian goalie in Youngblood. You know it's true.

  • May 8, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    RockLobster800

    by Darkartist

    I heard about PEEP SHOW and I couldn't get past the first episode. The little kids from the apartment were the only thing that amused me. Does it get funnier after the first one? I didn't give it much of a shot because I had just finished BEING HUMAN and couldn't focus on anything but wondering when series 2 would start. I'll give Peep Show another shot because it's so highly regarded.

  • May 8, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Good merciful Christ

    by Biggie Kaiju

    Not a frame of film has been shot, but the movie sucks already. Who in the bluest of blue Hells makes these casting decisions?! Ugh...

  • May 8, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST

    @ TomCullen

    by TheSeeker7

    Hmm, interesting. Okay, I'd always heard that Mamet had in fact shot the entire Law movie, but that it wasn't getting distributing for some reason. Not that they collapsed before cameras ever even rolled.

  • May 8, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    darkartist

    by BiggusDickus

    I liked 'Big Train', but it was hit and miss. Most of the BBC's stuff these days is dire, but I like Armstrong & Miller's stuff and will happily sit through anything with Mitchell & Webb. Can't stand that James Corden fella, though.<p>I still think Britain's gone down hill as far as comedy is concerned. 'The Fast Show' is a favourite of mine, and I don't think we've done a really good sitcom since 'Father Ted'.

  • May 8, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Cotton McKnight

    by BiggusDickus

    Dr. Heckyll works late at the laboratory where things are not as they seem.<p> Dr. Heckyll wishes nothing more desperately than to fulfill all of his dreams.<p> Letting loose with a scream in the dead of night as he's breaking new ground.<p> Trying his best to unlock all the secrets but he's not sure what he's found.<p> Dr. Heckyll is his own little guinea pig 'cos they all think he's mad.<p> Sets his sights on the search of a lifetime and he's never, never sad.<p> Whoa oh, it's off to work he goes. In the name of science and all its wonders...<p> <p>Man, that takes me back!

  • May 8, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    IT NEEDS DIRECTED BY RATNER.

    by alice 13

    perfect storm.

  • May 8, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    "Something Strange is Afoot..

    by RichardAlpert_TimePimp

    At the Circle-K." Best line of Keanu's career. Oh, that and, "How's it going, royal ugly dudes!"

  • May 8, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Has there ever been a faithful adaptation?

    by chrth

    I'm seriously asking this. The original is fantastic, but I've never seen a version that actually adheres to the story.

  • May 8, 2009, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Chrth

    by RichardAlpert_TimePimp

    No, I'm pretty sure it hasn't. I think the guy who the narrator talks about, Utterson, is usually removed completely from almost every form of adaptation. This will be the same I bet.

  • May 8, 2009, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again

    by snomusic

    THAT is the re-make Keanu should do... Check it out folks - a definate classic that can only be funnier as an updated remake.

  • May 8, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST

    If we're waxing lyrical about British TV

    by penhapus

    you *need* to see Father Ted; and then see it again. and again.

  • May 8, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST

    RichardAlpert_TimePimp...

    by BiggusDickus

    Keanu's best line ever is surely 'I got a full-on robot chubby!'<p>Like, totally bogus, dude!

  • May 8, 2009, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Nothing wrong with acknowledging greatness

    by Cinemanimetal

    Ted will always be the crowning achievement of Keanu Reeves' career. Also if Alex Winter was to star in a new movie with him I think everything would be right with the world. They are going to save the world together someday Right? Right? I mean George Carlin said so... It really is sad knowing that we live in a world where Rufus is no longer with us.

  • May 8, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Is he going to do his "English" accent?

    by Christopher3

    Awesome! [Does air guitar lick]

  • May 8, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST

    SoylentMean

    by deanbarry

    Mate, "Insert Name Of Crap Movie Here Starring The Great Sean Connery" was crap. Pure. Simple. Crap. And as for Connery's retirement...the man would still be making movies today if Norrington and the soul destroying experience he went through on that set and crushed his love for it. And that's what happened to him. According to the interview I read with him anyway.

  • May 8, 2009, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Fredrick March...

    by Oldnewbie

    ...was the ultimate Jekyll and Hyde and won an Oscar to prove it! Time for Hollywood to leave this one alone.

  • May 8, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    CHRISTOPHER3

    by J-Dizzle

    Have we learned nothing from Much Ado About Nothing?

  • May 8, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    OLDNEWBIE

    by J-Dizzle

    Didn't Michael Caine do one? I thought that was decent. Granted, I was a kid at the time I watched it though.

  • May 8, 2009, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Wild Stallyns: The Story of Wild Stallyns

    by juice willis

    Pick up 20 years after the events of Bogus Journey. Seems to be an easy sell these days. Box office dyn-o-mite!!!!!

  • May 11, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Will Mr. Hyde know kung fu?

    by MrMysteryGuest