Netflix picks up vigilante superhero film Past Midnight
James R | On 04, Mar 2018
Netflix has reportedly picked up a vigilante superhero film with an eye to wooing Keanu Reeves to star.
The streaming giant is no stranger to world of super powers, capes and masked crusaders, with its long-running deal with Marvel and ABC producing some of its most well-known original series, such as Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. But now, it is taking steps into original superhero feature film territory, according to Deadline, after outbidding rivals for the script Past Midnight.
Described as “a new type of vigilante superhero story”, details on the plot and characters are scant, but we do know that it’s written by TJ Fixman and Dope director Rick Famuyiwa is attached to helm.
Fixman hails from the video game world, but has sold films such as One Night on the Hudson to Universal, which is in the works with Seth Gordon, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie attached. He’s also been involved with Disney’s Gargoyles and Sony Animation’s incarnation of Popeye. Famuyiwa, meanwhile, has directed the first episode of Showtime’s The Chi and been at the helm for Our Family Wedding, Brown Sugar and HBO’s Confirmation.
Alongside the duo are Captain America veterans Anthony and Joe Russo, who are on board as producers. The whole gang, though, are hoping to bring on board a bigger name to lead the movie: Keanu Reeves. No stranger himself to superhero-like figures, from John Wick to The Matrix’s Neo, Reeves will be stepping back into his vigilante shoes for a third Wick film this year.
The report from Deadline follows Netflix becoming the official UK home of The CW’s new superhero series, Black Lightning, which began airing in the UK on the site in January. You can read our spoiler-free review of that here.