Reeves will play John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American contract assassin who struggles to find an identity beyond being a killer. It will be Reeves’ first starring and producing role in television, and Slingshot’s first announced project since the company formed in February.
“We are extremely excited to be working on a beloved property with such a talented and hard-working actor as Keanu,” said Slingshot CEO David 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.”
Slingshot will produce and distribute the series, with Eisler, David Leitch and Chad Stahelski serving as exec producers with Reeves. Reeves will star in upcoming action thriller “John Wick,” directed by Stahelski and Leitch, in which he also plays a hitman.
“As a huge fan of Barry’s work, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring his iconic character and incredible world to life,” said Reeves. “I’m looking forward to partnering with Slingshot on my first series, and reteaming with Chad and David.”