Netflix has acquired the rights to the Boom! Studios comic book BRZRKR, and will first adapt the story into a movie followed by an anime spinoff series. The action-fantasy book is created and written by Keanu Reeves and New York Times writer Matt Kindt, and illustrated by Marvel Studios artist Ron Garney, with colors by Bill Crabtree, letters by Clem Robins, and character designs and covers by Rafael Grampá.
Reeves will star in and co-produce the movie for Netflix. The actor recently completed production on Matrix 4, which will be released later this year. He will begin production on John Wick 4 this spring.
The anime series will further expand the BRZRKR universe by exploring different elements of the story. In the series, Reeves will reprise his role and voice his character.
BRZRKR is the 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 U.S. 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.
Boom! Studios published the first issue of the 12-issue limited series comic book on March 3. The company claims the inaugural issue has already sold over 615,000, making it the highest-selling comic book launch in almost 30 years. Boom! Studios has a first-look deal for live action and animated television series with Netflix.