Keanu Reeves is aiming to take his talents to the small screen. Slingshot Global Media announced today that Reeves is attached to star in and executive produce Rain, a TV series adaptation of author Barry Eisler’s John Rain book series. Described as “a globe-trotting action drama”, the story revolves around a half-Japanese, half-American assassin who specializes in making his marks look like they died from natural causes. The first John Rain book, A Clean Kill in Tokyo, was published in 2002 and was followed by six more novels in the series, with another on the way. This is Reeves’ first major starring role in a TV show, and the press release notes that Rain is planned as “limited-run programming”.
Rain isn’t yet set up at a network, and one imagines today’s press release was an effort to drum up interest as Slingshot Global Media sets out to shop the potential series to a number of different outlets. There’s no guarantee the show will actually come to fruition, but it could be an interesting series with Reeves in the lead. Read the full press release after the jump.