“Wake the fuck up, Samurai. We have a city to burn…”
In what was perhaps the standout moment from E3 2019, developer CD Projekt lifted the lid on Cyberpunk 2077, and with it, Keanu Reeves’ in-game character, Johnny Silverhand. Not 10 seconds had passed and then, the Powers That Be played their ace card: Keanu Reeves, in the flesh, walking onto the stage to a wall of noise. Cue the delirium.
It was undoubtedly a major coup for Cyberpunk 2077 and its creators, and somehow drove the already sky-high hype levels into the stratosphere. But now that E3 2019 has come and gone, and everyone involved in Night City is quietly preparing for that all-important launch date (it’s April 16th, in case you were wondering), questions are beginning to circulate about the possibility of a live-action movie, particularly now that a true Hollywood A-lister has come on board this most ambitious project.
Turns out we’re not too far from the truth, as Cyberpunk series creator Mike Pondsmith recently admitted that having Reeves involved means that the prospect of a live-action 2077 movie is now “much more of a possibility.”
I can’t really say anything on [movie rights]. But with Keanu Reeves being tied up in things, it’s become much more of a possibility.
Truth be told, Cyberpunk 2077 is already so cinematic you have to wonder whether a live-action adaptation is even necessary. But hey, Netflix is on the verge of launching a live-action version of The Witcher with the Man of Steel himself, Henry Cavill (see here), so it’s not too much of a stretch to say that Hollywood’s major studios will be keeping a close eye on Cyberpunk 2077 and its neon visuals as that April 2020 release date inches closer and closer.
It’s April 16th, and it’s coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC. Your eyeballs aren’t ready…