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Keanu Reeves Gives Update on Live-Action “Cowboy Bebop”

18 Sep 2010

Actor Keanu Reeves, attached to play the slick bounty hunter Spike Spiegel in the planned adaptation of the Shinichiro Wantanabe anime series Cowboy Bebop, spoke briefly to movie news site Collider earlier this week about the live-action film’s progress.

The horizon does not look pretty for the adventures of the Bebop bounty hunter spaceship: Reeves noted that the movie, in its current scripted form, would be excessively expensive to make.

From the interview:

I haven’t heard anything back. They turned in the script and it was very expensive. I don’t know if they’re going to…it would cost, like, half a billion dollars to make that script. So, I don’t know where it’s at right now.

About a year ago, Reeves told MTV News that screenwriter Peter Craig was in the process of rewrites, as producers were “trying to pull it back” in scope. Craig, who is now a professed fan of the anime series, commented in an interview with AnimeVice last year that he “loved how it mixed genres, how it blended noir, Jazz, Yakuza movies, Westerns, and so much else into a vision of the future that worked.” It seems that he understood the show’s tone, and that was good news.

But this latest tidbit from Reeves doesn’t bode well. “Like, half a billion dollars” seems a bit Keanu-whoa exhaggeration to me, but the point still stands: A movie about bounty hunters zipping around the galaxy, with high-speed spaceship chases and complex martial art choreographed fights, is not a cheap one.

Does the series carry enough acclaim and support that the investment would pay off? It’s unlikely that Twentieth Century Fox, production company 3 Arts Entertainment, and the original anime studio Sunrise — co-producers of the proposed adaptation — will bite.

[via ANN]

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  1. 18 Sep 2010 10:39 PM

    Gosh, that photo freaks me out. I always thought there was no way Keanu could pull off the look, let alone portray the character. But somehow I feel that the real hairstyle wouldn’t end up looking as good as that, and it’s already a shopped image anyway.

    I was kind of looking forward to the movie with hope and disdain, but if they have to cull the script etc well I think it’d be hard for them to do a decent job. Maybe they should just wait for the technology to come in and be cheaper, then make the movie awesome. Otherwise they’ll just end up remaking it anyway.

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