Deadline is reporting that Keanu Reeves is making a foray into television with Rain, an hourlong series from Slingshot Global Media based on the best-selling book series by Barry Eisler. The Matrix star will topline the globe-trotting action drama and will executive produce alongside Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, his directors in the upcoming feature John Wick, as well as Eisler and Slingshot Global Media, which will distribute the show. Rain marks Reeves’ first major TV series acting and producing gig.
This marks the first series from Slingshot, the Los Angeles-based company launched in February by former FremantleMedia topper David Ellender. The company, which has financial backing from private investment firm TPG Growth, is focused on producing series and limited-run programming for the U.S. and global broadcast, cable and on-demand marketplace, working closely with talent to develop its projects. “We are extremely excited to be working on a beloved property with such a talented and hard-working actor as Keanu,” said Ellender. “This series will be the launch pad for the company and highlight our talent-focused, quality-based approach within the ever-changing and expanding television space.” The series is expected to be taken out shortly, and a search is under way for a writer to pen the script.
I’m a huge fan of Keanu Reeves and he has made some great contributions to the action genre over the years so colour me intrigued. The fact that 87eleven Action Design are also involved means that we can expect some stunning action scenes too.