This should really come as no surprise, but Keanu Reeves' role in the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 has made a film adaptation far more probable.
The actor, whose appearance was a surprise at E3 2019, is heavily involved in the game and creator Mike Pondsmith reckons his featuring has upped the chances of a movie stemming from the franchise.
The Witcher has already been confirmed for a Netflix series without having a big Hollywood name tied to it so the possibility of Cyberpunk making it to the big screen should be greater now that a star like Reeves is part of it.
Speaking in an interview with VGC, Pondsmith wasn't able to confirm if rights are being sought by CD Projekt Red. However, he did admit that the John Wick star coming on board cannot hurt.
“I can’t really say anything on [movie rights]," he said. "But with Keanu Reeves being tied up in things, it’s become much more of a possibility.”
Reeves, though, doesn't think games need star names affiliated to legitimize them.
“I don’t think they need legitimizing," he explained to the BBC. “If anything, I’d say it’s gone the other way. It’s more of the influence gaming’s had on… let’s call it Hollywood. Certainly with the Marvel universe, right?"
Quoting Marlon Brando's statements on the first Superman film, Reeves continued, "I remember him saying ‘OK, so now they can just digitize how I am, my look, and do another performance, and I don’t need to be there.
“That idea of the technology of image capture and performance, we’re seeing in Hollywood now so many performances where they’re either aging or making other performers younger, so it's the elasticity of performance and time and what you look like and who you are is getting more complex.”
There's probably a lot to get excited about as it relates to all of this. Hollywood and the gaming industry are closer now than ever before, with several stars now appearing in top video games and getting contracted to play game characters in film adaptations.
We shouldn't get ahead of ourselves, as nothing has been confirmed. Regardless, a Cyberpunk movie certainly seems more likely to happen than not.