Keanu Reeves, Roland Emmerich to produce virtual reality series
Keanu Reeves is taking a trip back to virtual reality. No, it’s not a Matrix sequel—instead, he’ll be co-producing a television series with blockbuster director Roland Emmerich called New Angeles.
As Deadline first reported, the show will be distributed and produced by Slingshot Global Media, with Emmerich set to direct the pilot and executive produce the series while Reeves will serve as an executive producer. Emmerich is best known for his action films like The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day.
New Angeles will tell the story of a man who enters a virtual reality named, unsurprisingly, New Angeles, to escape his boring everyday life. There, he crafts a new identity for himself and begins to uncover his destiny and a mystery that has implications for him in both virtual reality and his real life.
From the little plot that is known, there are certainly traces of The Matrix in its DNA. But there’s also plenty in common with the 2011 novel Ready Player One, which is similarly about a boy who uses a virtual reality system to supplant his horrible life while embarking on a life-changing mission.
Novelist and comic book writer Gregg Hurwitz will write the pilot as well as executive-produce. New Angeles also marks Reeves’ second project with Slingshot, as he is already attached to star in and produce Slingshot’s first series Rain.
The show doesn’t have a home yet, but with Emmerich, Hurwitz, and Reeves’ collective experience in sci-fi and action fare, the talent behind the show promises a series that will hopefully take the red pill with reckless abandon.