Netflix is turning Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR comic into a live-action movie and anime
Netflix has its subsequent main motion franchise: an adaptation of Keanu Reeves’ new BRZRKR comic ebook collection, which the streaming service is turning into each a live-action movie (produced and starring Reeves) and a sequel anime collection (with Reeves voicing his character), the corporate introduced as we speak.
BRZRKR is a new 12-issue collection from Increase Studios (the primary concern of which was launched earlier in March) co-written by Reeves himself (in his comics debut) and Matt Kindt (Folklords, Justice League of America) with artwork by Ron Garney. Fittingly, Reeves will play the title character in each the upcoming live-action collection and the anime, though there’s no launch date introduced but.
The ultra-violent comic follows an immortal berserker — who coincidentally appears nearly precisely like Keanu — over his 80,000 yr life, culminating within the current day, the place he works for the US authorities in trade for assist discovering the secrets and techniques of his life and how he can lastly die. (It’s a related idea to Netflix’s The Previous Guard, which is additionally based mostly on a widespread run of comics and is considered as one other potential franchise for the streaming service.)
Thrilling information! Netflix is growing a reside motion movie AND follow-up anime collection based mostly on Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR, a brutally epic saga about an immortal warrior’s 80,000 yr struggle by the ages. Reeves will produce and star within the movie, and voice the anime. pic.twitter.com/RVWEuBCXTJ
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) March 22, 2021
BRZRKR was a large crowdfunding success (helped partially by Reeves’ involvement), elevating almost $2 million between Kickstarter and extra funding earlier than the primary concern even hit cabinets. The collection has up to now bought has over 615,000 copies, making it the second-most bought comic ebook within the final decade (following Marvel’s Star Wars #1 relaunch in 2015.)
The upcoming adaption suits Netflix’s present technique completely: the streaming service is at all times attempting to find extra must-watch content material, and notably for the sorts of reveals and motion pictures that may construct franchises to rival these of Disney’s Marvel or Star Wars or HBO Max’s Recreation of Thrones universes. The multimedia methodology for the mission is additionally a part of Netflix’s trendy method, mirroring animated expansions of initiatives like The Witcher or Zack Snyder’s upcoming Military of the Useless which can be deliberate to assist hold viewers invested even after the marquee present or movie has debuted.
It’s additionally the highest-profile mission to come back from Netflix’s current first-look cope with Increase Studios, which provides the streaming service the primary shot at adapting comics from the indie writer.
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