Epic's Donald Mustard Says Fortnite's Reaper Skin Isn't Keanu Reeves

Fortnite has an official John Wick skin, but before it arrived, Keanu Reeves seemed to be in the game in the form of a Season 3 battle pass skin called the Reaper.

The Reaper wasn’t officially Reeves or his action movie character, but it looked a lot like him. During today’s E3 Coliseum, Epic creative director Donald Mustard said the resemblance wasn’t intentional.

Mustard took the stage today with Geoff Keighley and Chad Stahelski, the director of the movie John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum. The panel, titled “Storytelling Across Screens,” was in part about Epic bringing John Wick to Fortnite through an official skin and a John Wick-themed limited-time mode, Wick’s Bounty. Stahelski said the Epic team approached him after John Wick 2, looking for a collaboration.

Mustard followed up to say that the Reaper’s resemblance to Keanu Reeves was not only unintentional, but took Reeves by surprise.

Mustard explained:

I happened to end up in a spot where Keanu and I were together, talking about some stuff, and we were like “What if, what if this kinda made sense?” And [Keanu] was into it, especially because we have this character in Fortnite called The Reaper which kinda—it wasn’t intentional!

For me, we were just trying to, like, let’s just make this super awesome The Man In Black. But [Keanu] was starting to have all these kids come up to him, all these teenagers on the street, and they weren’t doing the normal “Oh you’re Neo, oh you’re Wick.” They were doing, “Fortnite guy! Fortnite guy!” [Keanu]’s like “What is this Fortnite thing?”

And then of course he’s like, “That doesn’t look like me, that’s not me,” and he’s like, “We gotta do it right.” So I think that’s when we [gestures to Stahleski] met...It just felt inevitable and made a lot of sense that we would do something together.

I’ll be honest: I don’t know if I buy it, but I do want to know more about why Keanu Reeves and Donald Mustard were hanging out. You can watch the explanation (and the rest of the panel) in the video below.


Comments

    There's being liberal with the "truth" and then there's outright bullshitting. This is a fine example of the latter.

    "hey epic, was the reaper skin homage or theft?"

    Epic: "coincidence!"

    Yeah I find it hard to believe it's pure coincidence that in a battlepass with an obvious Star Lord copy, they made a skin called 'The Reaper' with a pencil pickaxe that just happens to look like a popular Assassin known for killing people with a pencil...

    Wow, Epic Lies!

    Why lie about something that it so obviously drawn from John Wick!? Oh wait, it's EPIC isn't it!

    Oh, that and making more money from the people that have already bought the Reaper Skin, if they admit the resemblance they would probably need to gift the JW skin to owners of the reaper skin.

    http://upgifs.com/gif.php?id=1295

    Bout time they are bought down a peg or two me thinks!

    Load of shit, every week there is another story with them trying to blow smoke up everyone's arse.

    Epic been watching the Lindsay Lohan lawsuit obviously.

    I've gotta say the original model doesn't look much like John Wick. I wouldn't have picked it without it being pointed out.

    That said, if the character included the ability to kill someone with a pencil that may have been a step too far.

      It's not really designed for killing (though you can use it that way) but they did put a pickaxe on the shop as part of The Reaper cosmetic set that was basically a giant pencil at the end of a stick.

    I guess the fact that his matching glider has the same tail lights as the Ford Mustang John Wick drives is also a huge coincidence.

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