Can The Person Who Wants ‘Speed 3′ Please Stand Up!

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spped3 Can The Person Who Wants Speed 3 Please Stand Up!Movie fans have a special love/hate relationship with sequels. We love it when sequels to our favorite movies go into production – but we are the first to point the finger when the studio gets it wrong.

Now it looks like 20th Century Fox wants to pillage even more of their back-catalog and it appears that Speed may have zoomed into pole position on the studio’s list. Not only that – but Jack Traven, the character played by Keanu Reeves in the original is apparently in the scriptment that is making the rounds over at Fox.

So… will we really see another Speed film?

Or the more important question: “Does anybody really want to watch Speed 3?”

In 1994 two young actors named Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock starred in a film directed by a former cinematographer named Jan De Bont. That film was Speed and the film was the sleeper hit of the 1994 summer season. Three years later Speed 2: Cruise Control was released, and the film was an unmitigated disaster. Transplanting the action from a bus that couldn’t go under 50 miles per hour to a cruise ship in the Bahamas reeked on paper, and stank even more on the screen. The film was a huge financial disappointment grossing less than $50 million from a then HUGE $160 million budget.

When Keanu Reeves turned it down – you know that it had to be bad.

Will this thing ever be made or is the studio just spit-balling ideas?

Your guess is as good as mine. Reeves’ quality control may not be the best – but even he isn’t so hard up that he needs to revisit an old action franchise, especially one which he ditched after the first installment. Although a few years ago I would have said that about Bruce Willis returning to the Die Hard franchise (another Fox property).

Heck, even Vin Diesel is returning to The Fast and The Furious after a two movie sabbatical. So a precedent has already been set.

Also, Reeves is soon to be seen in The Day The Earth Stood Still, and guess what? The film is a Fox release. So there may be something to this more than gossip.

There’s no word on Sandra Bullock returning, but while Reeves may be on board, I can’t see Sandra Bullock returning – she’s gone on to do “serious” films and I’d be surprised if she returned to this genre. One person who will not be returning for sure is helmer Jan De Bont. According to a scooper for Cinema Blend:

“Jan won’t touch it with a five foot pole though – they offered it to him a while ago.”

Do we still feel the need for Speed?

My guess is no, but as I always say in these situations – money talks!

Heck, the rumor could have been started by a crazy Keanu Reeves fan, or even by a screenwriter who has written a script on spec.

We shall find out soon enough, and when we do I’ll let you know.

Sources: Aintitcool and Cinemablend

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  1. Does anyone remember when Fox used to be a respectable Studio??

  2. @Metallicat79

    No.

    8-)

    Vic

  3. Just Checking

  4. Can you say straight to DVD.
    When I went to see Speed 2 the sound cut out and I was hoping it wouldn’t come back on and I would get my money back. No such like.
    Actually I saw Speed 2 and Batman and Robin on the same weekend.
    Worst weekend…ever.

  5. @ Niall-

    “Reeves’ quality control may not be the best – but even he isn’t so hard up that he needs to revisit an old action franchise…”

    Have we so quickly forgotten the Matrix films?

  6. Keanu turned down Speed 2 because he wanted to tour with his rock band “DogStar”,,, (and the script sucked)

    Since then he’s become the highest paid actor of all time, “Matrix trilogy”,,,

    Does anyone really think that FOX is gonna sacrifice that much ca$h to talk him into Speed 3???

    Speed 3 will (Never) happen,,, with Keanu…
    It would cost them too much money !!!

  7. yuck! Speed was fun, and a bit original at the time, and had an AWESOME music theme! Such films don’t need sequels that are the same but with a different skin. I will not go and see Speed 3, and as for name I am praying they will never bring it out.

  8. Box office revenues rarely lie…and more often than not…they reflect the current trend as to what audiences want to see…

    Having said that, I don’t think there will be a big audience for TDTESS. For right now, people just don’t want to see Keanu in anything. The potential for “Speed 3″ garnering any interest is very small. As much as I’d see (*almost*) anything in theaters, I probably wouldn’t go to see another Speed movie…heck…I didn’t even see the second one. ;-)

  9. Sandra Bullock said that speed made her career and speed 2 nearly killed it. We don’t need a speed 3.

  10. PhotoShopLifter Dan,

    I’ll give you Matrix 1 and 2.

    3 – not a chance mate!!!

    Not a chance!

    Niall

  11. Who wants to lay a bet that Keanu finds a way to work the word “Woah!” into Klaatu’s dialogue, as he has basically every movie since Bill & Ted?

    Seriously, the man needs to do a Western, so there’s a REASON to say “Whoa!” when he stops a horse.

  12. I loved the first speed and hated the second one. So I personally don’t want them to make a third one but if they want to make one they can go right ahead.

  13. Speed, I think if they are going to make one. They need to bring Keanu and Sandra back. Those to had the chemstry. I think one reason Speed 2 sucked not good chemstry and boat and you call it Speed. Come on now. Need Keanu as the hero, not Sandra. Sandra Bullock was comedy relief.

  14. Speed, I think if they are going to make one. They need to bring Keanu and Sandra back. Those to had the chemstry. I think one reason Speed 2 sucked not good chemstry and boat and you call it Speed. Come on now. Need Keanu as the hero, not Sandra. Sandra Bullock was comedy relief.

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