NBC Developing 'Devil's Advocate' Series, Keanu Reeves Heading to TV, These Are Separate Developments

August 18, 2014

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The Devil's Advocate is headed to television, and so is Keanu Reeves, yet, cruelly, these are completely separate news items. Such is the wild, unpredictable, and unfair world we live in.

Deadline reports that NBC has given a put pilot commitment to The Devil's Advocate, a series based on the 1997 film of the same name (itself based on the novel) that asked, "What if we took this idiom to its stupidly literal extreme?" Keanu Reeves starred in the original as Kevin Lomax, a defense attorney who gets in over his head when he ends up actually working for Satan, as played by Al Pacino doing his usual thing. White Noise 2: The Light and Fright Night 2 screenwriter Matt Venne is set to write the pilot, but a cast isn't yet attached. One thing that is fairly certain: Keanu won't be back. He'll be too busy on a different show playing JOHN RAIN.

Also from Deadline comes word that Reeves will produce and star in the hour-long action-drama Rain. In it, he'll play John Rain, a half-Japanese assassin with a unique talent for making his murders look like death by natural causes. The search presumably now on for a hard-nosed detective who will recognize that this does not look like a heart attack... "It looks like Rain."

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