Keanu Reeves Updates Us on ‘Cowboy Bebop’, ’47 Ronin’ & More

Published 5 years ago by , Updated September 16th, 2010 at 10:23 pm,

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If you haven’t heard the name Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub, then allow me to introduce: he’s Collider‘s prolific (and on point) interviewer. While at the Toronto International Film Festival Frosty had a chance to catch up with Keanu Reeves, and the way I hear it, while other journalists sat idle Frosty went in full-force, asking Reeves about every movie he’s been connected with in the last year or so.

Two films of particular interest to you Screen Rant readers will likely be Cowboy Bebop and the Samurai action flick 47 Ronin, both of which Reeves was set to star in.

On the subject of Cowboy Bebop, Reeves had the following to say:

Collider: You were attached to Cowboy Bebop for a little while.  Any update on that?

Reeves:  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.

What? An interstellar action movie with Kung Fu, space chases, aliens and multi-planet settings would cost a thick wad to make? All sarcasm aside, That’s a bummer to hear. I love Cowboy Bebop and Spike Spiegel was a role I thought would be well-suited to Keanu’s…distinct personality.

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The good news is, things are looking slightly more hopeful for 47 Ronin, the true-life story of 47 Samurai who embark on a suicide mission to avenge their slain master. Last we heard, Ridley Scott protege (and potential son-in-law) Carl Rinsch was in the director’s chair, with Reeves being eyed as the lead.

Here’s what Reeves had to say about the Project:

How about 47 Ronin?

Reeves: We are hopefully going to make 47 Ronin.

Is Carl Rinsch still on it?

eeves: Yeah.

Is it creeping forward or is it an express train forward?

Reeves: I think it’s a creeping express train.  Which means that they’ve done pre-production, we’re still working on the script, they’re done pre-viz, and they’re doing location scouting.  It’s ready to go. It’s a bullet train in waiting.

keanu reeves 7 Keanu Reeves Updates Us on Cowboy Bebop, 47 Ronin & More Alot of our readers weren’t exactly sold on the notion of Keanu Reeves playing a Samurai, but I for one genuinely believe that he has the Zen-like disposition for a warrior who is battling toward his own doom. I bet Reeves’ expression won’t even twitch in the face of death!

So: bad news for Cowboy Bebop fans and good news for those excited about 47 Ronin.

Steve Weintraub also got Reeves to talk about other projects he’s attached to, including a film that I’ll only refer to as “Keanu and Two Call Girls”, Henry’s Crime (a film which Reeves is currently getting praise for), and a comedy that Reeves himself is developing (you heard right).

For more info on those films you’ll have to head over to Collider.

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  1. Just cancel Cowboy Bebop, Akira, Ghost In The Shell, and especially Evangelion. Hollywood did enough damage to anime adaptations with ‘Dragonball Evolution’. The only one that was remotely entertaining was ‘Blood The Last Vampire’, and that was mediocre at most.

    • Agreed

      • I seconded that, until I become a director and can give them justice

    • you say it brother!!

  2. Cowboy Bebop is one thing, Keanu Reeves is another. Whenever he is slated for a lead I cringe with anticipation for my disappointment.

    • This is one where I wholeheartedly agree with you guys on, they should forget the lot of them! Unfortunately a couple, probably “GITS” and “Evangelion” or “Akira” will eventually get made. Those three are a toss up in my mind because of who’s behind them and what’s already been done successfully. Think “Scanners,” or “Push,” or “Transformers,” or “Blade Runner” those come close to being like the three in question.

      But then what’s so special about Bebop? Isn’t it sort of a cross between “Magnum P.I.”, and ” The Rockford Files,” with a little “Simon and Simon” thrown in? Why not distill down what made those great into a original work and stage it the day after tomorrow ala “The Sixth Day,” technologically speaking? Whoops, I may have given a show away there, but anyway, wouldn’t that be cheaper to make and less fan twisting than a Bebop movie?

  3. I was expecting a good news about cowboy bebop but yeah that movie is going to be expensive just watch how the environment and situation of the animation version we can guess that if it turns into live action the cost will make the production became froze like a solid.

  4. F all this just do another Bill and ted Film hahahaha

    • Please no more of that stupidity. Besides, I think ‘Bio-dome’ is the un-official sequel to that.

      • aww come on matt, not every movie has to be seriuos lol. i loved those movies. beside fat chance of it happening anyway. i saw Alex Winter on an episode of Bones…lets just say his face got all pudgy lol

  5. Damn it man! The creator, animation studio and everyone else was involved in this film. If it gets cancelled, let it be, I’d rather the creators handle the franchise than anyone else.

  6. “I love Cowboy Bebop and Spike Spiegel was a role I thought would be well-suited to Keanu’s…distinct personality.” I agree. He did seem to fit that role.

  7. Acutlly, if i’m reading this right that’s good news for this Cowboy Bebop fan. I feel it’s a bad idea to live-action a kickass cartoon like that. I loved the Bebop movie and the series. Leave it alone please!!

  8. cowboy bebop has aliens in it??????? since when? lol.

    i agree with you matt for half way lol. ghost in the shell has a possibility of being good since it has an ok writer and spielberg is somehow attached to it (but then again he was attched to transformers…..”shudder”). evangelion is gunna go down the poop shoot because its been in holding for so long which inevitably makes the outcome a poor result. akira……………. i dont even have to explain, look at the director and what he said about it.

    as much as i love these franchises and would wantt to see them live action, its definately not the right time. what i mean by that is:

    look at comic book movies. at first, they were seen as a joke and just low budget movies and were given the proper care bby a director or studio that appriciated the comics. but as time went on, they progresively got better and more respected and given to directors who actually are fans (iron man for a prime example). my theory, and knowing hollywood, anime adaptations are prob gunna go down the same path, so hold off on the ones we love for later when its appreciated, but sure theres gunna be some casualties and those listed are prob gunna be made, but theylll eventually be remade knowing hollywood in a time where there appriciated. please respond i wanna know your thoughts. im not against you, i feel the same way as you

  9. Expression won’t even change…




  10. I dont recall alien races in Cowboy Bebop, but anyways, I want to see a live action Cowboy Bebop Movie!!! But I am willing to wait most of my life, if they wait for better technology, and make sure they do it right. They need an actor with a voice simialar to Steve Blums, hehe

  11. i hated that Dragonball movie. I think it would take a long time before Hollywood could give any decent justice to animes. but i love Cowboy Bebop