Television has finally hit its peak moment. It just got Keanu Reeves. There is no more up than that. Furthermore, he’s playing a character named John Rain. I mean, you can’t make this stuff up. Unless you’re Barry Eisler, author of the John Rain books upon which the show will be based. But I doubt even he knew Keanu Reeves on television was in the cards.
So Keanu Reeves has teamed with Slingshot Global Media to star in and executive produce Rain. Here is the synopsis:
The show will be a globe-trotting action drama featuring the lead character, “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. The show’s source material will be based on Eisler’s series of novels featuring Rain, including A Clean Kill in Tokyo, A Lonely Resurrection, Winner Take All, Redemption Games, Extremis, The Killer Ascendant, The Detachment, and Graveyard of Memories.
Holy smokes. And in case you don’t know who Keanu Reeves is, here is another synopsis:
Reeves broke out as an actor with notable roles in films such as Dangerous Liaisons, Parenthood, Point Break, and Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho, opposite River Phoenix. He first gained mainstream attention playing the role of “Ted Logan” in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, which became a cultural phenomenon. He later went on to become an action star with the box office hit Speed, in addition to the Matrix franchise. Reeves’ career choices over the next two decades proved his versatility as an actor, with films such as The Devil’s Advocate, Much Ado About Nothing, A Walk in the Clouds, Constantine, The Lake House, A Scanner Darkly, and Something’s Gotta Give. Most recently, Reeves made his directorial debut with the critically well-received Man of Tai Chi.
I personally can’t wait for this. I owe Keanu Reeves a life, but since I’m too wimpy to pay up, enjoying his TV show is the least I can do.