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Keanu Reeves to Make Live-Action "Cowboy Bebop"

Posted: December 18th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Keanu Reeves spoke to MTV News, revealed that he would be interested in turning the Japanese classic TV series "Cowboy Bebop" into a live-action film. "Oh yeah, cool," he said. "We're trying to do that."

"Bebop" follows a crew of bounty hunters traveling around the universe in the year 2071. Reeves hopes to play Spike Spiegel, one of these futuristic cowboys forced to pick up the slack after a population crash and hyperspace gateways have left law-enforcement unable to capture many of the galaxy's most ruthless criminals.

"It's got a Western quality, a Western film noir aspect to it," said Reeves. "It's got so much style to it, and that's part of its appeal. That kind of Old West, bordertown, low-tech science fiction aspect."

The flick is currently being put together by Erwin Stoff, a producer who has spent the last two decades working almost exclusively on Reeves projects, and recently set the film up at 20th Century Fox. "We've got the rights, we've got a writer," Reeves explained. "He's putting together a scene outline."

Reeves revealed that this outline for the flick is currently focusing on the origins of the fictional "Bebop" drug developed by the military, which provides its users with a brief surge of superhuman reflexes and awareness. "We're taking the Red Eye [story], the beginning part of the series," he explained, "and then we'll deal with the end of the series. We're trying to figure out [the time frame]. We're looking at the story right now."

Source: MTV News


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Johnny Neat writes:
on December 18th, 2008 at 4:39:57 PM

Oh god I hope this doesn't turn to S#!T... Just get the writers of the series and case closed?
thedotsays writes:
on December 18th, 2008 at 7:33:02 PM

This would actually be good if done right. Love CB and honestly wouldn't mind seeing Keanu in the role. He's got the martial arts training and since Spike hardly shows emotion, Keanu's got that down to a science.
WAFFLE MAN writes:
on December 18th, 2008 at 11:00:34 PM

wow that sounds kind of good but how would he look with a mini fro lol.
UraharaShop writes:
on December 18th, 2008 at 11:04:55 PM

Please if there is a God I will see Cowboy Bebop on screen.
minkowski writes:
on December 19th, 2008 at 12:50:04 AM

Sounds like a very very bad idea. Reeves can't act. He talks in monotone. He has no range. Spiegel, while a reserved and quiet individual, possesses a humorous body language while reeves lacks the ability to deliver dead pan dry wit with any credibility. Spike was introspective, and I'm not so sure Reeves has much inside to reflect on. In short, I'm tired of looking at his expressionless face. I'd prefer a wide casting call, perhaps casting an unknown actor. They need to make sure to retain the elemenst of CB that made the show memorable, though I don't know if anyone can translate anime well into live action. Anime is quirky and stylistic, a large part of its appeal. Focus on the characters, their integral interaction and backstories a bit. Not the drug Red Eye.
lokopr writes:
on December 19th, 2008 at 8:28:15 AM

not Keanu...give me Adrien Brody for the role and im happy

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