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?