Keanu Reeves is set to star and produce both a live-action film and anime series adaptation of his BOOM! comic book series "Brzrkr", for Netflix.
The star makes his comic book debut with the series, which was co-written by New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt, with illustrations by Marvel artist Ron Garney and colors by Bill Crabtree, letters by Clem Robins and character designs and covers by Rafael Grampá.
“Brzrkr”, pronounced “berserker”, is described as a brutally epic saga about B’ (Reeves), an immortal warrior’s 80,000-year fight through the ages. The man is a half-mortal and half-god, who is cursed and compelled to violence. B may have finally found a refuge working for the U.S. government to fight the battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else. In exchange, B will be granted the one thing he desires, the truth about his endless blood-soaked existence…and how to end it.
The live-action film adaptation will be released first with an anime 12-episode limited series to follow, which be voiced by Reeves and expand the universe as well as explore different elements of the story. The project was originated from an idea by Reeves, which he had been developing for years.
Reeves will produce the film alongside Ross Richie and Stephen Christy for BOOM! Studios and Stephen Hamel for Company Films. Adam Yoelin will executive produce for BOOM! Studios, which has a first-look deal for live-action and animated television series with Netflix.
“Brzrkr” has already been a massive success for BOOM! Studios since it was launched on March 3. The inaugural issue has sold over 615,000 copies, making it the highest-selling debut in almost 30 years.
Reeves recently completed production on “Matrix 4". He is set to be reprising his iconic role as Neo, which will be released later this year. The actor is also set to begin production on “John Wick 4” this spring.