Keanu Reeves Will Star in and Produce TV Series ‘Rain’

By August 18, 2014

Insert your own “whoa” joke here: Keanu Reeves is heading to television.

The Matrix star will produce and star in a new TV series called “Rain,” which is based on the New York Times best-selling book series written by Barry Eisler. What will it be about?

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.

John Rain? Are you serious? That’s one of the dumbest character names I’ve ever heard. It sounds like he belongs in an Expendables movie. But aside from that, this show has some potential. I like the idea of an assassin who makes all of his kills look like natural deaths (although it is a little “CSI”-ish), and Reeves making the jump to television seems like a smart move for him right now. The guy is coming off of a huge failure with last year’s 47 Ronin, and though he has a couple of movies in the works (namely Knock Knock and Passengers), TV seems to be hot right now, so good for him for trying to capitalize on that. Reeves is also honing his directorial skills (he recently made his debut with the enjoyable martial arts film Man of Tai Chi), so maybe this will give him an opportunity to direct a few episodes of television.

Slingshot Global Media, a new company that formed in February, is executive producing and distributing the show, but there’s no word yet on when it starts filming or where we can eventually see it.

What do you think? Looking forward to seeing Reeves make the jump to the small screen?

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