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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!

Source: MTV

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  • Sheridan Passell said

    Bill and Ted 3 needs to happen. There’s so much material that could come from their advanced age. Even if it turned out badly, I’d love that it existed.

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  • MrsSpooky said

    THANK you for a very well-written and objective account of the situation with the Cowboy Bebop live action movie! Too many other blogs I’ve seen are jumping to conclusions that the movie is dead (prematurely at this point, IMHO).

    Even at his age (which he doesn’t look, btw), Keanu would make a great Spike. We have no idea what kind of budget Fox has in mind for this – I’m thinking someone should tell them it costs a little more than $35 to make a science fiction movie. :P

    I really liked Bill and Ted 1 and 2, and it would be cool to see a B&T3. My main interest these days is Cowboy Bebop. I really do hope this gets made and that the studio does it right. Yes, it IS legend, and could be quite a feather in Fox’s cap if they do it the justice it deserves.

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  • brian said

    all i have to say is that making a live action film of bebop would have to be perfect. if it is the slightest bit off it would be criticised to death and wouldnt get the respect it deserves even if made by the biggest fanatic. as much as i want to see it live action some shows are best left the way they are, we always want more when sometimes its not needed in the first place

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  • Thom said

    Hmmm, that youtube clip is the first I have seen of ‘Cowboy Bebop’ and if the rest is more of the same I think I’d rather it stayed as anime (plus, I don’t think you need to be like water to dodge someone charging at you with a knife). Given the recent criticism of The Last Airbender I don’t think any studio would dare to make it.

    As for Bill & Ted, the sooner they make this, the better. They must surely have sack-loads of ideas but I guess the problem is how to fold them into a decent story. So much has changed in the music industry, good stuff like MP3 downloads, myspace/youtube and not-so-good, like reality TV and auto-tune. It would be great to see how B&T would sort it out, we are still waiting for World Peace after all. I can imagine it looking a bit Scott Pilgrim-eaque

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    • Goose said

      “be like water”, that is a line from Bruce Lee, philosopher extrodinaire, and a kick-ass martial arts expert. The biggest criticism of the last air bender is that they promoted it as a 3d movie, when it was a 2d movie hastily converted to 3d, same as Clash of the Titans.

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  • mulk said

    ok i’ll be honest… i’ve never seen cowboy bebop, so all i can talk about is Bill and Ted, i would love to see it made just so i know it is out there, and yes i would see it, but considering it is Keanu Reeves i expect nothing great out of his preformance, but like i said, i hope it happens

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  • TheCool said

    @Thom:

    That’s just Spike’s style of martial arts in which he flows smoothly like water, no one said you need to flow like water to dodge a knife.

    Also, I doubt studios will avoid anime anime b/c of the Last Airbender. There are flops in every genre of movies year in and year out, yet they keep producing them. Avatar: The Last Airbender is more like an American-style anime (not knocking it) and was 60+ episodes whereas Cowboy Bebop is 1 season and a about 20+ episodes w/ a few movies.

    A Cowboy Bebop movie could be great or could suck and disappoint everyone.

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  • MrsSpooky said

    What TheCool said. Spike practices Jeet Kune Do, developed by Bruce Lee. He was echoing what Lee said about his philosophy.

    I’m wondering if Fox doesn’t have people monitoring message boards and blogs for Cowboy Bebop fan reactions, gauging whether there is fan interest in the live action movie (if there is, it would have a built in audience).

    What I have been seeing is pretty negative, so if they ARE watching the blogs and boards, and if they DO plan on making it, they are not going to want to spend the money on it that it would need, afraid to lose their shirts on it.

    If they think the fans don’t want to see it, they may not have any confidence that they can market something called “Cowboy Bebop” to people who haven’t heard about it.

    Personally, I can’t imagine what they could be writing that would cost so much more than what it costs to make any science fiction movie – unless Fox doesn’t want to spend the money to make it. That’s just sad sad sad.

    I admit to having trepidation about it, but I do want to see it (26 sessions and one movie is not nearly enough!), but this may be the one movie that gets my rear end into a movie theater to see it. IF they do it right. With Sunrise on board for quality control, it would almost have to be.

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  • billy bob said

    I am all in favor of a live-action version of Bebop if it is done correctly and lives up to the Anime.

    I am against Reeves playing Spike – have been ever since I found out he was coddling the Role.

    I hvae no idea who would be a good fit for either Roles (Spike or Jet) but I think that some “unknowns” that fit the characters (having a bit of character acting backgrounds wouldn’t hurt) would be a better fit than to slap in known actors simply to make a blockbuster.

    The biggest problem I have always had w/ Reeves as an actor is that you know its Reeves every time he plays a role. VERY few exceptions in his career can you watch him for 2 hours and forget that you are watching Reeves instead of the character in the movie.

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  • Eddie said

    I’d love to see Bill & Ted 3….a plot that would work out well would be having them as middle aged men (obviously) and still not having become what they were supposed to become…something has gone wrong in preventing them from meeting their destiny…I only wish George Carlin was still around to reprise his role…

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    • Pascali said

      Bill & Ted’s Revolution
      Bill & Ted’s Revolutionary Journey
      Bill & Ted 3: A Guide to Excellence & Partying
      Bill & Ted’s Path to Righteousness
      Bell & Ted 3: The Righteous Path

      Help me out here guys!

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