Keanu Reeves talks live-action Bebop

I find it interesting that, instead of just adapting the series or doing some sort of live-action reboot or something, that they’re apparently actually trying to actually expand the story already told:

Reeves revealed that this outline for the flick is currently focusing on the origins of the fictional “Bebop” drug developed by the military, which provides its users with a brief surge of superhuman reflexes and awareness. “We’re taking the Red Eye [story], the beginning part of the series,” he explained, “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.”

The article also includes this nugget:

Reeves hopes to play Spike Spiegel

I understand how many think how he would be a good fit looks wise – and I would agree with that assessment.  However, my only real knowledge of Reeves’ acting is from the Matrix and Constantine, and neither of those roles seem very similar to the type of flamboyant Bounty Hunter that Spike is, at least to me.  But at the very least I’d say it’s a good thing that a fan of anime and a fan of the series specifically is one of the people in charge of making it.

In any case, I’ve long said that, out of the hyper-popular anime series out there, Cowboy Bebop was probably the best suited for a live action adaptation, both because it was episodic in nature anyway, and just the story itself may lend itself to be good source material for a movie.


6 thoughts on “Keanu Reeves talks live-action Bebop

  1. From reading the article…I think it might actually be pretty good, now. I was extremely doubtful before, but he seems to know what he’s talking about, with the series. Let’s see how this turns out.

  2. It’s always good to know that there are people involved in these remakes that care about the original integrity of the series even if they do aim to change things up a little to better adapt it for the silver screen. With all the groaning and facepalming in regards to the Dragonball movie lately, I’m a bit cheered by the prospects that Bebop might turn out okay. We’ll see how this goes, I guess. :3

  3. Actually I wouldn’t mind seeing Cowboy Bebop as a live action, and seeing Reeves wouldn’t hurt either.. he’ll be a cool looking Spike imo.. altho I doubt he’ll be able to pull off those spikes..

  4. The One must go away… He will ruin this thing… His only good movies were, “The Replacements, The Matrix (first one only)”

    If they want to succeed at this, go with all no names… The good aspects of this will be the visuals and the music. The plot should be good if they make it close to the anime. I hope vicious is in there, he rocks.. The music will be awesome in the movie theater, that intro will be sweet. If they don’t use the original intro… The real folk blues song must be in there as well…

    I can’t wait for Ghost in the Shell to be made into a movie, produced by Steven Spielberg. That anime with a huge budget will be AMAZING!!!

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