Cowboy Bebop – Unlikely / Bill And Ted 3 – Possibility24.09.10 # Sequel # 12 Comments
Keanu Reeves has revealed that a film version of anime TV series ‘Cowboy Bebop’ is now looking less and less and likely. The show is regarded as a classic by anime buffs and Reeves, obviously one of its many fans, has been the driving force behind trying to get a live-action film version made. As is usually the case when it comes to difficulties getting a film made, money is the problem, or a lack of it. In a recent interview, Reeves’s response to being asked about where the Bebop movie had got to was –
“Nowhere,” he said. “It hasn’t been working. Every time [the script] comes back, it’s still a gazillion dollars,” he laughed. “Every time they try to pare it down, it’s like, ‘Well, that’s not the film, what about the other kajillion?'”
Reeves had planned to play the main character Spike Spiegel himself. Many fans of the show have already expressed antipathy to the idea of Reeves playing the role and now Keanu himself is suggesting that he may not be right for the part due to the age difference between himself (46) and the character (27). He said
“I’m getting too old to play Spike,” and then when on to jokingly suggest that maybe he would be more suited to play “Spike’s older brother.”
In seperate Keanu Reeves based news, the actor has also recently re-ignited the idea of a third Bill and Ted movie. With both Ted and Bill (played by Alex Winter) now middle aged it would be interesting to see where they would take the story. This is what Reeves had to say.
“I’m still friends with Alex and we’re talking to Chris and Ed to see if they can write something,” he said. “I’d love to play the role and work with them again. We’ll see what they do.”
He also cheekily suggested that he wants Werner Herzog to direct the film. Now that is something that I would love to see!