Keanu Reeves Says Cowboy Bebop Movie Ain't Happening

Topic started by No_name_here on Sept. 20, 2010. Last post by DynamiteKyle 3 years, 10 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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  Just think of how many bad guys Spike would have to nab to drum up enough scratch for this movie.
 Just think of how many bad guys Spike would have to nab to drum up enough scratch for this movie.

Well, this is a bit timely for WATCH & LEARN, isn't it? Those of you who were scandalized over the prospect of Keanu Reeves  playing Spike Spiegel… either your fears will be assuaged or your hopes will be dashed by this news. The actor's revealed in a recent interview with   Collider  that the movie’s probably dead. And a the potential of huge budget killed it. I suppose it’s fitting that the “bounty” placed on the script would be what ultimately undid it. 

I do feel like pointing, again, that we’ve sort-of, kind-off gotten a chance to see a COWBOY BEBOP movie already with   SERENITY. The crews of the Bebop and the Serenity might be drastically different, and Spike might not have a lot in common with Cap'n Mal, but they are both guns-for-hire rooting for wealth in a wild west space opera milieu.     

So spoke the man sometimes known as Constantine...

“I haven’t heard anything back [on the COWOBY BEBOP] movie.  They turned in the script and it was very expensive.  I don’t know if they’re going to…it would cost, like, half a billion dollars to make that script.  So, I don’t know where it’s at right now."

   

Actually, another thing to point is that the screenwriters must’ve gone hog wild if it’d take $500 million to realize what they had in mind. SERENITY was done for less than $60 million, as I recall, and it never really looked like they were holding back on anything. Anyway, are you lunatics pleased or peeved by this bit of news? Did you want a live-action COWBOY BEBOP?

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Post by TriforceF (105 posts) See mini bio Level 15
In a funny sort of way I was kind of looking forward to this. I was really curious to see how it would pan out. Well I guess there's still hope just its very VERY small but then again I didn't think there was much chance it happening in the first place.
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,638 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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I first heard about this on Twitter, a couple of days ago. Oh, thank goodness.
 
Sounds like reason to celebrate. One less god awful anime live-action movie made by Hollywood. Reeves was a horrible choice for the character Spike.
Post by WarlordPayne (33 posts) See mini bio Level 5
I'm glad.  I don't think this show would benefit from being live action and Keanu Reeves would be horrible as Spike.
Post by TheCapn (1 posts) See mini bio Level 5
It'd been so long in the pipeline I was starting to come around to it. Oh well, at least there's a chance I'll end up writing it now. Woo.
Post by Om1kron (141 posts) See mini bio Level 7
I would've been down for this I think Keanu is a cool dude.
Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,319 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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@FoxxFireArt: Well said. I could not bear to watch a live-action Cowboy Bebop film if he was Spike (I would rather force myself to watch horrible kiddy anime shows all day than watch it with Reeves in it).
 

Post by SamJaz (11,565 posts) See mini bio Level 19
Aye, Keanu wasn't my first option. Still need to hear about the Full Metal Panic movie starring Zac Efron of all people. I personally would have cast Robert Pattinson. Much as I hate the Twilight Series, I have to admit that Robert can act, and with his skills he'd make a great Sousuke Sagara, whereas Efron's more suited for Kira, IF AND ONLY IF he can do the evil side of it. If not, then the film would be doomed.
But yeah, live actions are gonna fail badly.
Post by rein (5,465 posts) See mini bio Level 15
Cowboy bebop was one of the series i thought would be able to convert into a LA movie well. I Didn't like the idea of Reeves being in the movie though. So basically, I'm dissapointed their won't be a LA CB but i do take some comfort in knowing that their is no  keanu.
Post by Kou_Leifoh (613 posts) See mini bio Level 10
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Fuck yeah! And no, I don't want to see a live-action Cowbop Bebop movie.
Post by FatesGambler (13 posts) See mini bio Level 4

I would have liked to see the movie, even though I wasn't a fan of Reeves playing Spike, but aslong as the story was good and Vicious was in it I wouldn't have mind
Post by Lurkero (399 posts) See mini bio Level 7
I always had the feeling Keanu was talking this movie so that some studio would throw money at him. I dunno if he knows it, but his profile has went far down since his days in the Matrix.
Post by adoggz (210 posts) See mini bio Level 11
too bad, I kinda wanted to see what he would do with it. Not that I think it would have been good ,no hollywood versions will be, but i think it would have been interesting at least.
Post by Kou_Leifoh (613 posts) See mini bio Level 10
@adoggz said:
" too bad, I kinda wanted to see what he would do with it. Not that I think it would have been good ,no hollywood versions will be, but i think it would have been interesting at least. "
It would be Dragon Ball Evolution.
Post by Count_Zero (344 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Actually, I thought Cowboy Bebop was one of the anime series that could have worked well for a live-action film, as all things considered it's more grounded in reality than Dragonball, Speed Racer, or any other project that has been bandied around would be. As I've mentioned previously, bringing live-action anime to the big screen would require more legwork to get an audience to be willing to accept it than a live-action comic book series does. 
 
Additionally, Cowboy Bebop probably has as much mainstream name recognition as Dragonball and Speed Racer (as well as, say, Sailor Moon), but without being as over-the-top as those shows. Frankly, the only other shows that I could see really being adapted or re-imagined in a live-action form for mainstream audiences is SDF Macross/Robotech or Star Blazers/Space Battleship Yamato (particularly if the latter was given the level of work and polish that New Battlestar Galactica got). Not surprisingly, those last two shows are being adapted for the screen, with the Japanese Yamato film making steady progress, and hopefully receiving a US release (if only on DVD). Robotech, on the other hand, is still in the script phase, and hopefully will turn out well.
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20

I think this is too bad. There is also no way the movie would cost that much (Reeves must have been acting like Ted from Bill & Ted). From what I had heard and read Reeves and whoever he was working on the movie with were working to be as true to the series as possible. I enjoy Keanu's work and I would have no problem with him playing Spike (but I also don't care a lot for Cowboy Bebop as a series as I find it only worth a watch). I hope this project gets picked back up or that this is some falsified information.

Post by vergilius (147 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Thank heaven for small miracles.
Post by Kou_Leifoh (613 posts) See mini bio Level 10
At least Keanu Reeves wants to do Bill & Ted 3.
Post by gla55jAw (109 posts) See mini bio Level 13
I would have liked to see how this turned out. Oh well.
Post by Synthballs (2 posts) See mini bio Level 5
Kinda bummed due to being a massive Bebop fan. 
Kinda happy due to not liking Reeves as Spike.
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