Like other major film stars before him, Keanu Reeves has decided to make the leap from the big screen down to our TVs as he’ll be directing and starring in a new series called Rain, which should be coming to our screens this fall.
Keanu Reeves is making a foray into television with Rain, an hourlong series from Slingshot Global Media based on the best-selling book series by Barry Eisler. The Matrix star will topline the globe-trotting action drama and will executive produce alongside Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, his directors in the upcoming feature John Wick, as well as Eisler and Slingshot Global Media, which will distribute the show. Rain marks Reeves’ first major TV series acting and producing gig.
Rain centers on John Rain (Reeves), 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. Eisler’s series of novels featuring Rain, on which the show is based, includes A Clean Kill In Tokyo, A Lonely Resurrection, Winner Take All, Redemption Games, Extremis, The Killer Ascendant, The Detachment and Graveyard Of Memories.
“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,” Reeves said. “I’m looking forward to partnering with Slingshot on my first series, and reteaming with Chad and David.” Most recently, Reeves made his directorial debut with the critically well-received Man Of Tai Chi.
There is no network assigned to this yet and they don’t even have a writer, but they are looking for one and are planning to start shopping the series soon. I’m sure it’ll find a home somewhere. Let’s all just keep Keanu happy, please.
What do you think? Would you watch this series?