Keanu Reeves may be returning to the realm of vigilante superheroes. Over a decade after leading a film adaptation of Constantine, Deadline reports that the John Wick actor is being eyed to lead a high-profile original superhero movie for Netflix called Past Midnight. The film hails from writer TJ Fixman and will be directed by Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa, who was attached to direct DC’s The Flash before dropping out over creative differences. Additionally, this project hails from producers Joe and Anthony Russo, best known as the directors of Marvel’s Captain America sequels and the upcoming Avengers films.
So that’s one hell of a creative package right there. What’s the story about? Well plot details are being kept under wraps, but it’s being described as “a new type of vigilante superhero story.” That’s about all the information we have at this point, but it’d mark a curious turn for Reeves, whose career has taken a number of twists and turns. The actor is sneakily one of the most versatile performers working today, easily vacillating between comedy, romance, drama, and action. You buy him in anything, and one imagines he’d be a terrific anchor for what would no doubt be an original franchise.
Reeves isn’t officially signed on so there’s always the possibility he doesn’t, but the project is an exciting one nonetheless. Netflix has really ramped up its original film production as of late, and while they scored a couple of Oscar nominations for Mudbound, they’re also clearly moving into the blockbuster realm. Last December’s Bright was their first foray into this territory, and while the film was savaged by critics, it appears it has a fairly significant fanbase from viewers.
Past Midnight seems like it might be the next high-profile blockbuster from the streaming service, and it’ll be interesting to see how this comes together. Famuyiwa most recently helmed the pilot for the Showtime series The Chi and just signed on to direct the previous David Fincher project The Black Hole, based on the graphic novel of the same name. Whether that or Past Midnight comes first is unclear, but if Reeves signs on expect this thing to move fairly quickly.