To be honest, I haven’t really been tracking the progress of the upcoming Keanu Reeves-starring police drama Street Kings for one simple reason- Keanu Reeves. Outside of his work in the two Bill & Ted movies and his role in Parenthood, Reeves has never really engaged me as an actor.
What does excite me now about the film, and which I can’t believe I overlooked, is that the screenplay is co-written by James Ellroy, the great novelist behind L. A . Confidential (which also made a pretty good film), White Jazz, The Black Dahlia and other gritty noir tales. Of course, one could point out that he also is credited with the sctory for the 2002 cop thriller Dark Blue, though his original screenplay The Plague Season was rewtitten and softened to what eventually made it to theaters. Here, he shares a screenwriting credit with Kurt Wimmer, who wrote the 1999 version of The Thomas Crowne Affair.
Street Kings opens on April 11.