Hah… just when the COWBOY BEBOP live action movie seems to have docked permanently, Keanu Reeves has started circling another Western anime adaptation. Vulture says the dude may be dropping Spike's cheap suit for Kaneda’s leather jacket, as he’s now being courted to play the lead in the Hughes Bros’ remake of AKIRA. Considering how Keanu’s a good 30 years away from his teens, and how Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling were the last actors considered for the part, it’s safe to say that the character’s been significantly re-conceived from the anime and the manga.
If this flick does go through, Warner’s committed to dropping some serious scratch for it. The budget’s been tallied at $230 million and, even if that’s divvied up between two movies, that’s still a huge chunk of change. They’ve been trying to find another studio to co-finance the flick, but it might fall entirely on their pockets and, if that happens, then they’re really going to want a bankable star to lead the movie. Enter Keanu. As I recall, this was pretty much what happened with the first MATRIX movie.
Keanu’s inclusion will probably get a lot of you lunatics’ blood boiling. Let’s hear the yays and nays.