Keanu Reeves and Roland Emmerich developing new Matrix-esque sci-fi TV series

Two sci-fi heavies are teaming up for a new television series that sounds a lot like the Matrix, and they’ve even brought Keanu Reeves along for the ride.

Dubbed New Angeles, the series will be directed by Roland Emmerich (Stargate, Independence Day) and produced by Reeves, who of course starred in the Matrix trilogy. The pilot will be written and executive-produced by veteran comic-book writer Gregg Hurwitz (Batman: The Dark Knight). The project is being developed by David Ellender’s Slingshot Global Media.

According to Deadline, the show itself is set in the future and will “follow a young man who escapes the mundane reality of his life by entering an exciting virtual reality world called New Angeles. Once down the rabbit hole, he adopts a new identity, becoming the man he was always destined to be, and in the process, unlocks the keys to a mystery that has real-world consequences for him and his family.” Hmm, that synopsis sound familiar at all?

Here’s what the folks behind the project had to say about it:

Ellender: “We’re thrilled to have Roland and Keanu on board for a project of this magnitude. Roland’s masterful vision for this is extraordinary and Keanu’s action work behind and in front of the camera speaks for itself.”

Emmerich: “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.”

The plan is to apparently shop New Angeles around to networks, cable and on-demand services (i.e. Netflix, Amazon, etc.). Emmerich will reportedly direct the pilot, which is a big get, considering he is an accomplished film director with a fair share of blockbusters on his resume.

As for Reeves, he's been dabbling with directing and producing in recent years, and a project like this should be a comfortable fit considering his extensive experience in the genre.

What do you think? Could this be the series we always wanted those last two Matrix films to be?

(Via Deadline)

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