Hollywood legend Keanu Reeves is thinking about directing Netflix’s film adaptation of BRZRKR, a comic book about an immortal warrior fighting through the ages.
Just because something seems inevitable doesn’t mean it isn’t exciting when it happens. Especially when that something involves Keanu Reeves. Last July we told you about the John Wick star’s first foray as a comic book writer, with BOOM! Studios’ series BRZRKR. It follows a “hyper-violent” 80,000-year-old warrior who “walked a blood-soaked path across the world for centuries.” Not only did that sound like a great premise for a comic book, it seemed like the perfect concept for a film starring the man who created the character. (And also looks like him.) Now, because some ideas are too good to mess up, it’s happening. Netflix has announced Reeves will star in a BRZRKR movie, one he may even direct. And he will also voice the character in a follow-up anime series.
First published in 2021 after a successful Kickstarter campaign, BRZRKR is an epic tale that impressed critics and readers alike. The highly cinematic and action-filled story features a warrior that looks just like Reeves beating people to a pulp in different moments in history. The comic book was bound to get a film adaptation and last year Netflix announced that it would transform BRZRKR into a live-action movie and an animated series with two seasons. Surprising no one, the live-action film will star Reeves in the leading role.
While the animated series is being kept under wraps, the movie got some recent developments after screenwriter Tomlin announced on Twitter last week that he had finished his draft of the BRZRKR movie. We had to ask anyway, and Reeves confirmed that he didn’t have the time to go through it. As he told us, “I got it yesterday or two days ago. I haven’t read it yet.” Reeves also told us that it’s still “early days” to consider a director, as they don’t know yet if everyone will sign off on Tomlin’s script. However, Reeves revealed that he has been thinking about directing the movie himself. In fact, Reeves says there’s a “33%” chance of him becoming the director. Not bad odds.
If Reeves takes the director chair for the BRZRKR live-action film, he could help the adaptation to be faithful to the comic books. On that note, the only director credit in Reeves’ career was for 2013’s Man of Tai Chi, a movie he took over because he was part of the writing process and felt really attached to it. So, according to Reeves, the same could happen if he likes Tomlin’s script. As he puts it:
“I know how it’s a lot of work, but the film that I directed, Man of Tai Chi, was born, I became the director because I was part of the writing process, and I didn’t want to hand it over. I was like, oh, okay. I have to direct this. I’m not quite there yet on ‘BRZRKR’. I have to read the script, but I’m also interested in having a collaborator and what they could bring to it.”
BRZRKR Netflix movie plot: What is it about?
Though no plot details for the Netflix adaptation have been revealed, it is safe to say that the movie at least adapts the first volume of the comic series. If you’re unfamiliar with BRZRKR, then worry not.
BRZRKR follows The Berzerker, a half-mortal/half-god warrior that has existed for centuries.
Acting a deadly asset for the US government, Reeves’ deadly assassin has played a vital part in changing history through his targets. According to Boom Studios!, The Berzerker “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.”
BOOM! Studios has officially announced the details for the upcoming final issue of BRZRKR, so that means that the film’s plot will have the entirety of its source material to work with.
Is there a release date for the BRZRKR Netflix movie?
Currently, there is no official release date set for Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR on Netflix. However, we speculate the comic book movie will arrive on Netflix by mid-2024 at the earliest.