Keanu Reeves is many things: icon of cool in John Wick and The Matrix, doofus extraordinaire in Bill & Ted, and mangler of the English accent in Bram Stoker's Dracula. One thing he's never been is a writer... until now.
News has come in from USA Today that Reeves has co-created a comic book named BRZRKR with artist Matt Kindt. Can Reeves translate that unflappable charisma into a series of comic book panels? Judging from the following synopsis, we're thinking yes.
In Reeves's own words, the story focuses on a character "who was born 80,000 years ago, half-man, his father's a war god. It's a little fantasy in reality". He adds: "I had this image in my head of a guy fighting through the ages because of his father's compulsion to violence, but with the pathos of a man trapped and trying to figure it out."
The 12-issue limited series has been created for Boom! Studios. And they've reportedly struck a first-look deal with Netflix for the film rights. Reeves is enthusiastic about the possibilities: "I’d love to play Berzerker! It's a really fun story so if it's not me, hopefully someone can play it."
Boom! editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon lauds Reeves's insight: "Spend five minutes with Keanu and it becomes clear very quickly why he’s earned all the success he has. Exceptional creative instincts, deep reservoirs of wisdom on story, the ability to consistently tap into the raw emotion of a moment, relentless commitment to quality, and the task at hand – it’s all this and much more that make Keanu an inspiring force.”
Keanu Reeves: the next great comic book storyteller? Let us know your thoughts @Cineworld. And get ready for the great man's return this August in Bill & Ted Face the Music.