Keanu Reeves Talks Cowboy Bebop

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cowboy beebop Keanu Reeves Talks Cowboy BebopKeanu Reeves recently spoke to MTV, updating us on the progress of his latest live-action passion project Cowboy Bebop.

The project appears to be perfect for Reeves, who loves his anime but also holds a special place for the Sci-Fi genre. Having done films like A Scanner Darkly, Constantine, The Matrix, and the recent The Day The Earth Stood Still, it seems fitting for him to embody the role of Spike Spiegel.

The Japanese television series follows a group of bounty hunters in the year 2071, traveling on the their spaceship “the Bebop.” Spike and Jet Black pilot their way through the universe collecting bounties and adding new members to the Bebop crew. The anime has earned creditable success across the globe, so the hopes (and stakes) are high.

Reeves revealed a bit about the projects status and as well as some thoughts on the upcoming adaption. He explained “we’ve got the rights, we’ve got a writer” and “he’s putting together a scene outline.” He also said the plot would focus on a fictional drug, Red Eye, which provides its users with superhuman reflexes and awareness.

Though focusing on the beginning of the series is good footing, Reeves also said “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.” This is where the premise pieces should concern fans.

The 26-episode show, and anime feature film, doesn’t maintain a linear style of storytelling; beginning with a premise, each show is rather episodic. Reeves said “because it’s such a short form, to make a 2 hour version [will be tough]” and coupled with the described plot, the film would be unfaithful and counter-intuitive the the actual show.

He continued with “and it’s got so much of an origin-story obligation; you’ve got to get people up to speed, but you don’t want to do much of that. There are a lot of things to take into consideration, but we think we can do something good.” I hope so, but we might need to be light on the definition of “good.”

Because of Cowboy Bebop‘s style of storytelling, the film should be an introduction to the world as it exists. There are few good origin stories, films that introduce the characters properly. Its success has been dependent on settling up the world, as it exists to the main characters, and shedding light on their motivation. Reeves has part of it right, but a film adaption of Cowboy Bebop should only remain in the beginning of the series and end with the assumed continuation of its premise. If done well, the eventual end of the series could be part of a sequel or third film. I suggest this because this particular series requires more time to develop on screen, as exemplified by its television counterpart, presented to a wide audience as a first impression doesn’t allow the viewer to enjoy the premises enough to accept the conclusion.

Though Reeves knows the challenges in making a movie for Cowboy Bebop, he did say “Yeah, but that’s why you want to do it.” At least there are some positive signs in this project’s development.

Are you looking forward to a Cowboy Bebop movie? Do you think Reeves can pull it off?

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  1. @ Fred

    Oh Come on. Cowboy Bebop without Faye and Ed? Man, I sure hope that’s not how it happens. Maybe they’ll start with Red Eye and link it up to the end somehow, not that it sounds too good.

    But I really agree with you about the music. Without Yoko Kanno and The Seatbelts, it’ll be a real bummer.

    Btw, I don’t think anybody who hasn’t already watched the anime, would make much of the movie.

  2. Does anyone know how would I be able to contact a casting director for the part of Ein? I really think my dog is perfect for the part of Ein.

    I think Keanu Reeves could make a good Spike. We’ll see when the film is finally finished. Hopefully he does this anime justice.

  3. @Ahren

    I want Ed(Ms. Radical) and Faye as well, but the crew did say that they will be sticking closely to the story of the series, so yeah.I say screw the Red-Eye story line, Spike ractically owned him in the series, and he got murdered by his GF as well, kind of pathetic.

    I say go for a straight up origin story of how Spike came out from the Syndicate and teams up with Jet. I would much rather prefer to see a romance between Spike and Julia have a tragic ending, cause you have to keep in mind, that even if they stick closely to the source material, a movie still has to have something that a series does not, and I am sure fans(including me) would love to see a Spike Origin story, since series/animated movie does not cover it-lets face it, Spike is prob the coolest anime character ever.

    And the flash backs are enough in the series to make a Spike origin story.

    BTW, they go PG on this film, then i am not stepping in to the thearters-cause FOX is the studio behind it.

    Then the sequel can just be like, hey, Faye appeared out of no where(well they can use flashbacks) and they can then meet up with Ed, and the awesomesauce(hopefully) begins for CB 2.

    Seriously, I do hope that they do not do this movie and they just go for another animated film/season, but the stupid producer says,” in the spirit of CB, we should stop making CB when the fans are wanting more”, like it would hurt them to make season three of possibly the most popular anime in the history of anime after more than 6 years , instead of annoying fans(and me) by going for a Live-Action film, and who the hell is doing it- FOX!!!!

    FOX-the butcherer of comic/anime/manga films.


  4. @Fred

    I think Reeves can pull it off. I mean atleast he fits the image, no other actor comes to mind. And he has that touch of sarcasm, plus he likes anime. I’m just worried about the rest of the cast.

    Aaargh, this is making me go insane. Why don’t they just ban live-action versions…??? Guess that wouldn’t happen..I’d personally go murder the cast, if they screw up.


    I hope they include Gren, though. :D

  5. BTW, I suggested the origin film because I do not want to have Gren in it for reason stated in my previous post.

  6. @ Fred

    Well he does lack the bad-ass streak, agreed. But being Neo didn’t really call for a bad-ass attitude, I guess. This one would be a little closer to Constantine. Kinda.

    Oh and, they wouldn’t kill Spike, no, most probably not. If they do that they’d have to end it the way it ended in series, and they can’t pull that one off. Like hell they can’t. And if they make up some different but similar ending, it’ll be BAD.

    Oh, yeah, and off-topic, but Monster is one f***ing awesome anime. I have watched it. I’ve watched more anime than all the candies I’ve ever eaten, put together.. :P

  7. @ahren

    Well it was not just in the matrix that I am talking about, but also in other films, such as street kings, a bad-ass streak would have pretty much made his role golden.

    Knowing wantanabe-the main creator of CB, he would only want one movie , and not have Spike die.

    They better get Yoko Kanno in on he soundtrack, cause that was one main reason to wathc CB.

    Off Topic: Monster rocks he block, I just hated to have to watch it at till like the 14-15 ep until things cut lose, so I prefer the manga, plus for me dub>sub, since I am the listening kind, and monster has no dubs, so manga all the way.

    Hey, whats your top ten fav anime?

  8. There is only one Jet Black, and his name is Ron Perlman. If they get Ron Perlman to do Jet, I will actually see this movie (in a theater, even).

    • I agree; Ron Pearlman for Jet. I was thinking of it before I had even known that others were on the idea.
      I do not, however, have a clue as to who could play Ed. Dakota Fanning maybe, but she’s growing up kind of fast to look as child-like as Ed is. That and the fact that I don’t know if Fanning could pull off how bat-sh*t crazy Ed is.

  9. I could see this happen because CB could be made into a movie, with a good script and actors to pull it off. When I heard Keanu was doing Spike’s part I was encouraged. However, I had second thoughts, but he could do a good job by stepping more into Spike’s character, i don’t think its impossible. I just hope they don’t ruin it like they did DBZ which they should have never done since DBZ is so complicated as it is.

  10. They should just make the movie a two hour version of the first episode. I have no idea who would play the three old guys though…

  11. I think Keanu would be a good “Vicious”, I love him in Sci-Fi movies, so I think he should definatly be envolved in this project no doubt, but I Keanu’s on screen personality would fit the villan better than the anti-hero if you ask me.

    Either way I’m looking forward to see this, I just hope they don’t mess around with the music =)