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Keanu Reeves Spills the Bean on Live-Action 'Cowboy Bebop' Project

December 18, 2008 04:03:51 GMT

The star of 'The Day the Earth Stood Still', Keanu Reeves, confirms his involvement in developing live-action 'Cowboy Bebop', dishing out what he envisions for the adaptation film.


Keanu Reeves Spills the Bean on Live-Action 'Cowboy Bebop' Project
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Keanu Reeves reveals in recent interview that he is indeed involved in the "Cowboy Bebop" live-action project. "We're trying to do that," the 44-year-old told MTV News of the project though not giving any clue on whether he is attached to portray Spike Spiegel, as many have speculated back in July.

Suggesting that the feature adaptation of the popular Japanese anime is moving forward, the star of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" claims, "We've got the rights, we've got a writer. He's putting together a scene outline." He further lets out that the idea for the storyline is to focus on the origins of the "Bebop" drug developed by the military, which allows its users to get a brief surge of superhuman reflexes and awareness.

"We're taking the Red Eye [story]," Reeves explains further on where the story will be taken from, "the beginning part of the series 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." He then adds on the difficulties of making the series into a movie, "...it's so episodic and so disconnected. We're trying to figure out what pieces to put together to tell one story."

"Because it's such a short form, to make a 2 hour version [will be tough]. 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."

"Cowboy Bebop" itself is a popular Japanese anime series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe. The story is set in the year of 2071 A.D. where nation-states have collapsed and people are living throughout the solar system. It is centered on a group of bounty hunters known as 'Cowboys' who travel together on a spaceship named 'Bebop' to capture criminals for the money rewards.

© AceShowbiz.com




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posted by animefan on Mar 19, 2010
Dude they already fucked this project over by trying to make one film. The filler episodes are disconnecting but they also help out with the character development. God leave our anime alone!!! Although Speed racer and astro boy were good adaptions!! leave it at two good movies!!!
posted by David Turel on Jan 16, 2009
OUTRAGE!!! I'm not seeing this movie if those idiots are calling red eye "bebop" what in the hell are they gonna call THE BEBOP if they're using that name for an insignificant drug??? How do I e mail ANYONE tied tto this project to share my concern? SERIOUSLY.

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