Keanu Reeves and Roland Emmerich Producing Sci-Fi Virtual Reality Drama ‘New Angeles’
We'd recently heard a bit about 'The Matrix' star Keanu Reeves getting in on the TV game with a starring role in Slingshot Global Media's action series 'Rain,' but it seems the erstwhile Neo is taking an even deeper dive into some well-worn territory. Joining Roland Emmerich, Reeves will retreat back into virtual reality to executive produce a new sci-fi series dubbed 'New Angeles.'
Per Deadline, the as-yet-network-unassigned series would follow the future story of a young man who "escapes the mundane reality of his life by entering an exciting virtual reality world called New Angeles." Once down the figurative rabbit hole, the man adopts a new identity of "the man he was always destined to be," and unlocks the keys to a mystery that has real-life consequences for he and his family.
For the moment at least, Reeves will only act as an executive producer to the 'Matrix'-sounding series, while disaster mogul Emmerich will direct the pilot in addition to producing. With best-selling novelist and comic book scribe Gregg Hurwitz both penning the pilot script and producing, here's what Emmerich had to say of the project:
Gregg is an incredibly imaginative writer, and I’m looking forward to bringing his ideas for the show to life. It’s exciting to get the opportunity bring a massive project like this to the small screen within a rapidly changing television space.
We're hard-pressed to tell what will come of Keanu's foray into TV, though 'New Angeles' sounds at least interesting enough to get a pilot in motion. What do you think, and where should the virtual reality drama end up that could fully support Roland Emmerich's vision?