Keanu Reeves reveals he would return for Speed 3 on one condition. As one of the first leading roles that established himself as an action hero, Reeves starred in the 1994 film as the LAPD SWAT officer Jack Traven who must stop an explosive-rigged bus from detonating if its speed drops below 50 miles per hour. After Speed was a success, Reeves did not return alongside Sandra Bullock for 1997’s Speed 2: Cruise Control, which is widely considered one of the worst sequels of all time.
During a recent interview with Access Hollywood at the John Wick: Chapter 4 premiere, Reeves was asked if he would willingly return for the long-discussed Speed 3 alongside Bullock. Reeves answered, “of course,” with no hesitation, although there is one condition required for him to return – “a great story, a great script.” Watch the relevant portion of the interview below, starting at 2:41.
Keanu Reeves’ History With The Speed Series
In addition to starring, Reeves was heavily involved in crafting the character of Jack Traven. The actor didn’t approve of how he came across in Graham Yost’s original screenplay, so he compelled uncredited co-writer Joss Whedon to completely rework the character from “a maverick hotshot” to “the polite guy trying not to get anybody killed.” Reeves was going to return in Speed 2, but he backed out because he didn’t like the script written by Randall McCormick and Jeff Nathanson. Therefore, it explains why Reeves’ one condition for returning in Speed 3 is a “great script.”
Jan de Bont, who directed both Speed movies, previously commented on the possibility of Speed 3, similarly stating that it all hinges on the quality of the story and the availability of the cast. While Bullock has only joked about the possibility of Speed 3, Reeves will seemingly make himself available if there is a good script. It’s unclear if a potential threequel would turn to Yost or find a new direction, but in light of both Reeves and De Bont’s comments, it’s clear that a good script is the sine qua non of making Speed 3 happen.