Keanu Reeves to Revive Himself as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Alex Billington
May 7, 2009
Universal is in development on a modern retelling of the classic story The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with Keanu Reeves attached to star. Revolutionary Road screenwriter Justin Haythe is penning the script, and Pusher trilogy director Nicolas Winding Refn is in negotiations to direct the project, which will be simply titled Jekyll. This project is separate from the Guillermo del Toro version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which is reportedly vastly different and quite a few years (meaning at least decades) out. Other than that, Universal is keeping plot details for Jekyll a secret right now, which is a bit interesting.
Hopefully everyone is familiar with the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story and doesn't need a refresher. The classic tale was written by Robert Louis Stevenson and first published in 1886. Not only is Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn the guy behind the Pusher trilogy, but he also directed Bronson from Sundance this year and Valhalla Rising, which we featured a badass trailer for previously. This guy definitely has a gritty style, so I expect we won't be seeing anything light or comical by any means, even though THR claims this version will be the opposite of del Toro's, which will supposedly "stick more closely to the Stevenson tale."
As for Keanu Reeves starring as probably both Jekyll and Hyde, you know what, I'm not opposed to his involvement. It'll be a challenge for him indeed, but I think with a good director (which Refn certainly is), he could pull it off. I'll be very curious to hear what Refn's take on this story will be and how it'll be different than other versions. We'll certainly keep you updated on the status of this project! Anyone interested?