Slingshot Global Media announced today that Keanu Reeves is attached to executive produce and star in the television series "Rain," based on the New York Times best-selling book series written by Barry Eisler. Chad Stahelski and David Leitch will produce alongside Eisler with Slingshot Global Media set to executive produce and distribute the show.
"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 show is said to be a globe-trotting action drama featuring the lead character, John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American contract assassin who specializes in taking out his targets by making it look like death by natural causes. An outsider in whatever world he's in, Rain ironically finds that the one identity he knows – that of being a hitman – is the very thing that prevents him from bringing others closer into his life.
The show's source material will be based on Eisler's series of novels featuring Rain, including "A Clean Kill in Tokyo," "A Lonely Resurrection," "Winner Take All," "Redemption Games," "Extremis," "The Killer Ascendant," "The Detachment" and "Graveyard of Memories."
"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."
"Rain" will be Reeves' first major starring and producing role in a television series, and Slingshot’s first officially announced project since the company formed in February.