No, Keanu Reeves has not suddenly transformed into a hip hop artist with a penchant for sprinkling large amounts of dollar bills onto scantily clad females gyrating in night clubs (although that would be quite something to see). It seems that Mr Reeves is following in the footsteps of several other big name Hollywood actors, and will be taking all his dude-ism to the small screen for the first time to star in a TV series adaptation of Barry Eisler’s best-selling John Rain novels.
Rain is described as a “globe-trotting action drama”, in which Reeves will play the eponymous John Rain, “a half-Japanese, half-American contract assassin who specializes in taking out his targets by making it look like death by natural causes. An outsider in whatever world he’s in, Rain ironically finds that the one identity he knows – that of being a hitman – is the very thing that prevents him from bringing others closer into his life.”
According to Deadline, the series is being developed by newcomer production company Slingshot Global Media, and Reeves and Eisler will produce alongside the duo of Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. The latter pair are actually also the co-directors of Reeves’ next movie, the hitman thriller John Wick (which the above pic is from). Yes, it seems ol’ Keanu has developed a thing for playing assassins named John.
The show will be drawing from a number of Eisler’s novels, including A Clean Kill In Tokyo, A Lonely Resurrection, Winner Take All, Redemption Games, Extremis, The Killer Ascendant, The Detachment and Graveyard Of Memories. I’ve yet to read any of them, but I’ve heard good things and know that the series has plenty of fans, including, it would seem, Reeves himself.
“As a huge fan of Barry’s work, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring his iconic character and incredible world to life. I’m looking forward to partnering with Slingshot on my first series, and reteaming with Chad and David.”
Reeves and co will now begin shopping around for a network as well as bringing aboard a writer to pen the scripts.
Last Updated: August 26, 2014