Just because something seems inevitable doesn’t mean it isn’t exciting when it happens. Especially when something involves Keanu Reeves. last July we told you about the John Wick the star’s first foray as a comic book writer, with BOOM! studio series BRZRKR. It follows an 80,000-year-old “hyper-violent” warrior who “walked a blood-soaked path across the world for centuries”. Not only did it sound like a great premise for a comic book, it seemed like the perfect concept for a movie starring the man who created the character. (And he looks like her, too.) Now, because some ideas are too good to waste, it’s happening. netflix announced that Reeves will star in a BRZRKR movie, one he can even direct. And he will also voice the character in a follow-up animated series.
The streaming giant has acquired the rights to BRZRKR. The 12-issue comic book limited series got a huge launch when it debuted on March 3. The first issue sold over 615,000 copies. It was the biggest comic book debut in nearly three decades. People clearly love Keanu Reeves, who developed the concept for the main character of BRZRKR. He also wrote the comic with Matt Kindt. Marvel artist Ron Garney illustrated.
Reeves will star in the BRZRKR adaptation and production alongside BOOM! Ross Richie and Stephen Christy of the studios. Just like Stephen Hamel of Company Films. Netflix has provided an official synopsis for newcomers to the series:
BRZRKR is a brutally epic saga about an immortal warrior’s 80,000-year-old struggle through the ages. The man known only as “B” is half mortal and half god, cursed and forced into violence… even the sacrifice of his sanity. But after wandering the earth for centuries, B may have finally found refuge: working for the US government to fight battles too fierce and too dangerous for anyone. In exchange, B will be granted the one thing he desires – the truth about his endless blood-soaked existence… and how to end it.
Also, in an interview with ColliderReeves shares that he can also direct the BRZRKR movie adaptation. Although Reeves had yet to read the script at the time of the interview, becoming the film’s director had crossed his mind. He shared there was a ‘33%’ that he would lead the live action BRZRKR. Reeves shared:
I know how much work it is, but the movie that I directed, Man of Tai Chi, was born, I became the director because I was part of the writing process, and I don’t didn’t want to give it up. I was like, oh, okay. I have to direct this. I’m not there yet on ‘BRZRKR‘. I have to read the script, but I’m also interested in having a collaborator and what he could bring to it.
Fortunately for him, the scenario seems well advanced.
This will only be the beginning of the transition from comics to screen. An animated series will follow the film. Netflix says the show will “further expand the BRZRKR universe by exploring different elements of the story. Reeves will return to reprise his role in the animated series.
And if both the movie and the anime series are hits, it seems almost inevitable that we’ll get another live-action movie. But just because we’re sure it will happen doesn’t mean we’ll be any less excited if it does.
Featured Image: Lionsgate/BOOM! studios
Originally published March 22, 2021.