BRZRKR, a comic book series written and created by Canadian actor Keanu Reeves and writer Matt Kindt, will be adapted by Netflix into a feature film and an anime spinoff series, the streaming service said in a press release on Monday.
According to the press release, the plot of the series reads, “BRZRKR is a brutally epic saga about an immortal warrior’s 80,000-year fight through the ages. The man known only as ‘B’ is half-mortal and half-god, cursed and compelled to violence… even at the sacrifice of his sanity. But after wandering the earth for centuries, B may have finally found a refuge – working for the US government to fight the battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else. In exchange, B will be granted the one thing he desires – the truth about his endless blood-soaked existence…and how to end it.”
Exciting news! Netflix is developing a live action film AND follow-up anime series based on Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR, a brutally epic saga about an immortal warrior’s 80,000 year fight through the ages. Reeves will produce and star in the film, and voice the anime. pic.twitter.com/RVWEuBCXTJ
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) March 22, 2021
The comic book series was illustrated by Ron Garney, coloured by Bill Crabtree, typographer by Clem Robins, and character designs and covers done by Rafael Grampá.
The film will be produced by Reeves, Ross Richie, and Stephen Christy under the banner Boom! Studios along with Stephen Hamel for Company Films. Boom! Studios and Netflix also have a first-look deal for live-action and animated television series. Adam Yoelin will serve as the executive producer of the film.
The anime series will feature Reeves reprising his character and lending his voice. It will “further expand the BRZRKR universe by exploring different elements of the story”.
BRZRKR is a 12-part limited series that was published by Boom! Studios. The first issue was launched on March 3 and has sold over 6,15,000 copies, making it the highest-selling launch in almost 30 years, the release stated.
Meanwhile, Reeves, who recently completed the production for his upcoming fourth instalment of the science fiction The Matrix franchise, will begin production works for the fourth part of his neo-noir action-thriller franchise John Wick.