Reeves in Jekyll and Hyde
There's a new film version of Jekyll and Hyde being prepared with Keanu Reeves in the lead, but I can't help but think that the studio are missing one of the best adaptations of the story to date, the recent British television mini-series.
This new Jekyll and Hyde, entitled Jekyll, has a director in talks and it looks like it could be something rather unusual for Reeves, as well as for the series of Jekyll adaptations.
The BBC's Jekyll (LOVEFiLM / Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) from Douglas Mackinnon, Matt Lipsley and Steven Moffat was a superb adaptation of the idea and I really do struggle to see how they can better this, of course there's always the return to the Robert Louis Stevenson original story and develop it from there, but this new take was akin to the Battlestar Galactica reinvention in terms of modernisation of the story.
Neither is it the only Jekyll adaptation on the go as Guillermo del Toro is working on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in his long project list. However this one might be the first to get made.
It might be wise at this point to look at the director in talks for the project, Nicolas Winding Refn, he brought us the recent Bronson and has been responsible for the harder hitting and gritty Pusher series. However there's also a Miss Marple origin television show in his writing career, and just before Bronson too, and that stands out like a sore thumb.
So expect this Jekyll to be hard hitting, tough and uncompromising, and that could be something good for Keanu Reeves who I think, more often than not, relaxes and plays the easy character for him, the emotionless, confused characters.