Ambitious filmmaker Tarsem Singh has a big name on his radar for the lead in his next feature, The Panopticon, as The Wrap reports that Keanu Reeves is in the crosshairs. Set up at Good Universe, the film looks set to continue the helmer’s reputation for brain-busting sci-fi spectacles. The report offers a brief synopsis of the flick, which “follows a seemingly ordinary man who receives a mysterious package containing a pre-recorded message from himself, warning that the world is about to end and only he can save it. He must race against the clock to piece together the puzzle before time runs out for mankind.”
As it stands, the negotiations are at a “sensitive stage,” which we’ll take to mean that Reeves has yet to sign on officially. Possibly because after a post-Matrix lull, he’s in demand once more. The actor has been making a much-needed comeback of late. Hot off the back of John Wick, Reeves has gone on to complete Eli Roth’s indie horror Knock Knock, courtroom drama The Whole Truth and is currently shooting Daughter Of God. After that, he’s got the Jon Spaihts-scripted sci-fi thriller, Passengers, on his slate. So where exactly will he fit in The Panopticon?
Looking at Singh’s schedule, his slate is open after recently finishing work on the Ryan Reynolds-starrer, Selfless. So, we’d hazard a guess and say Reeves is gonna have a busy 2015. But one that’ll be well worth it, purely so he can collaborate with Singh. Two of the director’s defining movies, Cell and The Fall, were both visually dazzling efforts that stretched the boundaries of typical big budget cinema. Not long after, Singh ventured into studio fare with Immortals and Mirror, Mirror, suggesting he knows how to tackle starrier affairs when needs be. However, if The Panopticon isn’t a grandiose, majestic experience like the former, then I’ll eat my hat.