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Keanu Reeves Talks Cowboy Bebop

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MTV's Movie Blog recently spoke to Keanu Reeves about plans for the Hollywood adaptation of popular (in North America at least) sci-fi western anime Cowboy Bebop. According to Reeves, Cowboy Bebop currently revolves around expanding the anime's first episode, "Asteroid Blues," into a two hour movie, with producer Erwin Stoff minding the project at 20th Century Fox. “We’ve got the rights, we’ve got a writer,” Keanu explained. “He’s putting together a scene outline.” “Oh yeah, cool,” he said when I asked him about the flick recently. “We’re trying to do that.” As fans of the Japanese classic TV series know, “Bebop” follows a crew of bounty hunters traveling around the universe in the year 2071. Reeves hopes to play Spike Spiegel, one of these futuristic cowboys forced to pick up the slack after a population crash and hyperspace gateways have left law-enforcement unable to capture many of the galaxy’s most ruthless criminals. “It’s got a Western quality, a Western film noir aspect to it,” Reeves said of why he’s such a big fan of Shinichiro Watanabe and Keiko Nobumoto’s groundbreaking series. “It’s got so much style to it, and that’s part of its appeal. That kind of Old West, bordertown, low-tech science fiction aspect.” Take a look at this clip and you’ll get an idea of why Reeves is not only a perfect-looking fit for Spiegel, but also why he thinks the most important person on the set will be the one trying to translate the series’ unique look. “I think that would be a production designer’s dream,” Reeves said of the flick. “I think you just need a good production designer.”
The 26 episode Sunrise tv series and BONES movie followed a hard luck cadre of bounty hunters in the waning days of wild west period of solar system wide colonization: haunted but slick ex-gangster Spike Spiegel, grizzled veteran ex-cop Jet Black, gambler/femme fatale Faye Valentine, incorrigible hacker Ed, and data dog Ein. Combining artful homages to Western media, inventive direction from Shinichiro Watanabe and eclectic music from Yoko Kanno, Cowboy Bebop won over many fans when it was released on DVD by Bandai Entertainment and aired on Adult Swim.

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  • Dec. 17, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by Hotscot

    Oh never mind the bollocks!

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    "Oh and Utah...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    ...get me two!!!"

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST

    why is he still working?

    by j2talk

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Fuck no

    by kungfuhustler84

    Why does he keep getting gigs? The man has no charisma. He's a terrible choice for the highly likable Keanu, nevermind that he looks like him. Plenty of better actors look like Spike, I'm sure.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    If Reeves tries to play Spike...

    by Strabo

    ...I will hunt him down and kick him in the balls myself. Also, a Bebop movie based on Asteroid Blues? Are you kidding? I loved the episode, but a Bebop movie should be based on Spike's arc, not a stand-alone episode.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    highly likable *Spike*

    by kungfuhustler84

    fuck I'm just too pissed about the news.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Most overrrated anime I've ever seen

    by Han Cholo

    Seriously, I don't get the love for this show. It was OK but hardly anything special. Special was The Big-O. that was an artfully done anime.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by landocolt45


  • Dec. 17, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    won't work

    by Saint Andeol

    the roll of Spike demands some very subtle emotions going on under that placid demeanor. Also, does anyone else tear up a bit whenever they watch the last episode of the series? No, just me? fine . . . .

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    It's got to have Ed

    by RokurGepta

    if it doesn't have her in it, then it will suck

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST


    by landocolt45

    I just couldn't take seeing that. Hasn't every movie studio learned that Keanu is the Reeves that CAN'T act??? Cowboy Bebop should not be made into a live action movie, but I guess Hollywood doesn't care what the fuck they rape to get a dollar(Dragonball, any other jap remake.)

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:01 p.m. CST


    by Prague23

    If that FUCK-ALL-TOE-HEAD Reeves were in my flat right now, talkin about how he's interested in playing (MOTHAFUCKIN) Spike in a Bebop film adaption, I'd cut that stupid, talentless mothafucka till the lifeforce drained from his expressionless man meat. I LOVE COWBOY BEBOP a FUCKING LOT and FUCK that stupid PIECE OF DUMB ASS FLESH to talentless FUCKING UWE BOLL HELL! UWE is calling for him,... 'talentless piece of fuckin dumb ass flesh meat,... star in MY stupic, waste of time whatever it is I'm next doing!' LEAVE MY SACRED BEBOP ALONE YOU STUPID MAN MEAT!

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST


    by Prague23

    Just for the record, FEDS.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Seppuku talks Seppuku

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Is Keanu going to systematically fuck up all the things I love? Hellblazer, The Day the Earth Stood Still & now the coolest anime ever made? Shit, why doesn't he just cast himself as Yojimbo and have done with it?

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST

    I saw the movie and liked it

    by Charlie_Allnut

    As a fan of westerns, film noir and science fiction I thought it was pretty damn good. A movie could be awesome if done right.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Keanu Reeves talks bollocks


    Just my opinion.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Calm down

    by dalbatron

    Why should it matter if someone makes a movie of something you love. IGNORE IT!!! and enjoy it the way YOU WANT. Fuck guys. And all this 'RAPE' shit, calm the fuck down... Has the new TDTESS effected how good the original is NO! so shut up and just fuck off you negative cunts.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST


    by TheHichhiker

    Why do they always have to ruin EVERYTHING.... WHY!?!?!?!?! If you can't have an original idea of your own, GET OUT OF THE BIZ!!!!

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Agreed Dalbatron

    by ChocolateJesus

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:17 p.m. CST

    They should cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Spike!

    by seppukudkurosawa


  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:17 p.m. CST

    noooooooooo!!! PLEASE NO!!!!!

    by maluquiro

    please don't make this movie. please please pleasssssssssssse!

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST


    by seppukudkurosawa

    It's not the fact that a live-action Cowboy Bebop movie is being made that's got everyone so riled-up- it's been planned for years- it's the fact that with Keanu in it, it's bound to be mediocre as hell that's the killer.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Reeves is Too Old

    by Fievel

    Cast someone in their mid-20's to mid-30's.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Not With Keanu, Please

    by LaserPants

    I think this is a very doable idea, but not with Keanu Reeves. He doesn't have the world weary hipster swagger that a character like Spike Spiegel needs to have.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:23 p.m. CST

    And the bitchin continues.....

    by dalbatron

    flames on optimus blah blah blah, mummy didnt love me, who am I? Lucas raped my eyeballs 2009..

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST


    by maluquiro

    the thing is, these could be an amazing movie if done right. and from his track record it's guaranteed that keanu will eff it up. <br> and how could it be done right? let me send you my 50 page outline. <br> just kidding about the outline.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST


    by maluquiro

    THIS could be an amazing movie...

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST


    by dalbatron

    Ok, thats fine but empty whines are utterly pointless. Who would you guys place in the role of Spike. Now thats would be a constructive talkback.. Who would be good for the production design. That kinda thing...

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    I only ask

    by RonnieDanger

    that ein, not be cgi. The dog is freaking sweet and cgi would mess up the whole appeal of that character,,,, Garfield anyone

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    So we're not allowed to hope for a movie to be good now?

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Because dalbatron will call us names?

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Heh OK sorry, didn't see your last message-

    by seppukudkurosawa

    before I posted that.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    he's only perfect for it-


    if he's perfectly happy pidgeonholing himself in matrix type movies forever. he would have been fine in it 15 years ago. time to move on and give the part to a younger, poofy haired semi asian guy. i'm sure the talkbackers can come up with one. and yeah, it's an overrated anime.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST


    by Dark Doom

    What the fuck? Jesus?? America can't do live action from anime!! Look at the shit fest of Speed Racer, or Mortal Combat, or ...

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by question83

    Leave this anime alone you fucking bastards, and you Keeanu Reeewhatever, you fucking cyborg-alike-emotionless-excuse-for-an-actor don't you even dare touch Spike's suit ! FUCK !

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST


    by dalbatron

    Now you get it! So who are your choices? Ok then i'll go first... Spike-Paul Walker;Jet Black-Ray Winstone;Faye-Devon Aoki..well?

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    So who could play Spike better than Keaneo?

    by Amy Chasing

    Just wondering who people think would fit the role better? I personally think Keanu has the look but not the personality, but can't think of anyone else who has the look at least. <P> Anyway, just as long as it has music by Yoko Kanno - that's the main thing. <P> And for those people who can't see why Cowboy Bebop is one of the most likeable anime made - watch episode 5. Truly one of the finest eps of anime I've seen. The series is immersive and never loses its sense of humor. And the ending is perfect.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Please Keanu, RETIRE!!!

    by GeorgieBoy

    Take all that money you made from the Matrix movies and go find a nice place in the south pacific to retire. We don't want to see your stiff "acting" on screen anymore!!!!

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    The bigger concern...

    by Johnnie Walker

    Is that this is a FOX movie, not that it's Keanu. He's actually not a terrible choice considering the actors out there. Just get Ron Perlman as Jet...

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    if DragonBall is a big money maker

    by the milf lover

    no matter how horrible a movie it is, if it makes money it will open the floodgates for all these other anime adaptation to be greenlighted. Speed Racer was just the foot in the door.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO *Blood shoots out own eyes* OOOO!

    by zikade zarathos


  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Asteroid Blues

    by Johnnie Walker

    And the reason they're doing Asteroid Blues is because 1) It has all the exposition necessary to get a naive audience into the world, and 2) Because they're thinking of this as a franchise. They'd be stupid not to.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Or whaddabout?

    by dalbatron

    Jet-Vin Diesel; Spike-Karl Urban Faye-ellen page if you want the whole hollywood blockbuster vibe...

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    My casting choices:

    by seppukudkurosawa

    (Copied and Pasted from the Zone/& Written about a two years ago)<p> Spike: Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I swear he'd be perfect as Spike. Third Rock from the Sun proved he could do the snarky thing; he's got the rake-thin physique, coupled with mysterious dark looks; and Mysterious Skin proved that he was also one hell of an actor.<p> Jet: Laurence Fishburne. I know, I know, there'd probably be a load of Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin style racist bitching, but Jet is jet-black in all but skin-colour. Larry would be perfect.<p> Faye Valentine: Carla Gugino. She looks the part, and I KNOW she'd play the bitchy temptress to perfection. Yeah, I'll stick with her.<p> Ed: THIS is the toughie. I wouldn't go for a child actress personally. Just take anyone, put 'em on ketamine, and they'll do the job.<p> Vicious: Ken Watanabe.<p> Julia: Naomi Watts

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Dark Doom you have no idea what you are talking about.

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Mortal Kombat was created by two ameican computer geeks. Where were you when it appeared first as a computer game!? <P>Secondly. Love or hate Speed Racer, it was pure anime translated to the screen the best it ever has been...yet.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    A live action Faye Valentine???

    by conspiracy

    Otaku world wide are pre-fapping in anticipation.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Johnnie Walker

    by dalbatron

    Yeah Ron is a good choice but a bit too old? like Ray Winstone....

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Will Smith as Spike

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    Sam Jackson as Jet<p> And if you don't agree your racist

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    SEPPU - great!!!

    by dalbatron

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt great choice... Larry did all that in the Matrix though, dontcha think? Ed? Mmm how about Bill Milner from Son of Rambow?

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Umm, Ed was a girl

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    her father was a moron

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:59 p.m. CST


    by dalbatron

    I dont agree and I love black people. i think we all should have one

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6 p.m. CST


    by dalbatron

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST


    by seppukudkurosawa

    That sound you just heard was me YOINKING your joke.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    How about

    by dalbatron

    Anna Sophia Robb as Ed...

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST


    by dalbatron

    Jesus, had to look that up!!

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    It's Dragonball Z all over again

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    You know what's really starting to annoy me about Hollywood? The way it sees a popular brand and makes a turd out it, knowing the name alone will suck people in.<p>There's already been a GREAT Cowboy Bebop movie and it was called.... Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. It came out in 2001 and will remain the definitive Cowboy Bebop movie long after this is gathering dust at the bottom of bargain bins around the world.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    I am convinced

    by toxicbuddha

    that sometimes actors and directors say shit just to come on here and laff till they shit themselves over the TB response to their 'announcement.' I'll wait and see on this. Doesn't suck until it sucks. In unrelated aside: did The Day the Earth Stood Still do like 3 million then fold like cheap patio furniture?

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST


    by Alkeoholic77

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST


    by DumbPunter

    For Spike? I think CHRIS EVANS would have been ideal. Ignore the misery of FANTASTIC FOUR, in which he's the only character even remotely watchable. He shows his dark side in SUNSHINE and clearly has the cocky swagger and physical abilities to play Spike. Sadly, it is not to be...

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    System of a Down

    by gringostar

    is total shit. full stop.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Francis Lawrence

    by Johnnie Walker

    Frankly, I'm a little worried that Keanu and Erwin (his longtime manager) will try to get Mr. Lawrence attached as director, since Erwin reps him as well. On the surface its an obvious choice, but Bebop really needs someone who can handle CHARACTERS...which is the main reason that show was so transcendent.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST

    And my pick for Faye?

    by Johnnie Walker

    Adrianne Palicki from Friday Night Lights. Gorgeous and pouty. And the right age.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Christina Ricci is Faye

    by terry1978

    Yes, I know from Trixie and Wednesday Addams and what not, but I think she has the look and demeanor.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST

    So They're Gonna Make A 2 Hour Long "Asteroid Blues"??

    by thelordofhell

    So I guess that means no Ein, Faye, or Ed........can we say EPIC fail?? WTF!!!!????

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    I like the suggestion of Joseph Gordon-Levitt...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...for Spike...would probably be better if he was a bit older though. Of course they should probably just leave the fuck well enough alone, but just for the sake of conversation...

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST

    YES! Christina Ricci, Please!

    by LaserPants

    Dear god she looked cute in Speed Racer. PERFECT anime-come-to-life looks. Fuck all you haters. Speed Racer was great.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST

    I just don't get anime

    by DDMAN26

    Cowboy Bebop, Dragonball etc. It does nothing for me. I watched Spirited Away once thought it was decent but nothing special. Oh well different strokes....

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7 p.m. CST

    Speed Racer was the best cartoon made into a live-action film.

    by Amy Chasing

    Then again it didn't have much competition (Scooby Doo anyone?)

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7 p.m. CST

    Oh, and at the risk of sounding twelve years old...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...Faye's giant anime boobs are a crucial part of her personality. Seriously. Casting for giant boobs would be a mistake of course, and Tomb Raider style rubber falsies would be even worse. I say cast the right actress and computer animate those babies right on top like Davy Jones' tentacle they can defy gravity and bounce around as the anime gods intended...

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:01 p.m. CST

    DDMAN26 - watch Serial Experiments Lain

    by Amy Chasing

    Even if it pisses you off, it's sure to do _something_ for you. :)

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST


    by kLkL

    Reeves doesn't have the charisma to pull off Spike. You need an able actor like Clive Owen to play Spike. Not that Owen would be my choice. I'd suggest Scott Weiland if he can muster some acting chops. Maybe Timmy Olyphant? It would be a dream to cast this movie and have everything fall into place. GL!

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Rather have that guy from District 13 as Spike

    by Stalkeye

    than Keanu. He kinda looks like Spiegal more than Keanu "whoa" Reeves.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:20 p.m. CST

    I hope this movie never gets made...

    by Megalomatthew

    but if it does I'd like to see Clive Owen as Spike.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:20 p.m. CST

    I hope they do not let Reeves F this up

    by spiral115

    As two dimensional anime characters are drawn, they still have endless layers more depth than this card board cutout actor.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:21 p.m. CST

    I love Cowboy Bebop, but by the time a movie came...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...out it would just look like a tired Firefly ripoff (it's not of course, but it would be dismissed as such).

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    It can't be any worse than that live-action Guyver movie.

    by Amy Chasing

    It can't. Can it?...

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST


    by kLkL

    Whoever said Karl Urban! That's another good choice. Or maybe Leo DiCaprio. You need to pick someone that is insanely cool; there aren't many actors like that. Besides Clive Owen, there's Chow Yun Fat, Thomas Jane somewhat and Michael C Hall. But I wouldn't pick those guys for Spike.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    The Right Directors -IMHO

    by Fan180

    If your playing it straight and stylish: Get Park Chan Wook-(Oldboy) or Robert Rodriguez-(Desperado) If your going to go over the top and campy: Get Stephen Chow-(Kung-Fu Hustle) or Edgar Wright(Hot Fuzz) The trailer alone would be worth the price of admission with any one of the above at the helm.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST


    by kLkL

    Tony Leung (Hardboiled) or Takeshi Kaneshiro as Spike.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Base it on episode 1???

    by Roketopunch

    So there will be no Ed or Ein If I'm correct. I like Fan180s ideas on director. I'd go with Chow or Park.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:35 p.m. CST

    so no Faye?

    by The Amazing G

    WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!? they've CAN'T have Bebop movie without Faye

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:36 p.m. CST


    by The Amazing G

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:36 p.m. CST

    He may look the part

    by mascan42

    but he should probably have some acting ability as well. TDTESS was complete garbage, and Keanu was a big part of the problem.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:36 p.m. CST

    no, but seriously, that's mega bullshit

    by The Amazing G

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Please god no. I like Keanu, but not here.

    by dr sauch

    In fact, I don't think ANYONE is cool and apathetic enough to play Spike Spiegel.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Ok with me

    by Dazzler69

    Keanu Reeves is a good all around actor. Most of his movies make good bank. I will see it. Keanu Reeves also will make this a bigger budget movie and even if it does flop it will look good in HD for a one time movie.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Guy Pearce?

    by kLkL

    A little old for the part, but he still looks somewhat young. He's got a good face and could pull off the puffy hair.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Anime and manga: two Japanese imports that...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...I'll never understand. Like a guy above me said, different strokes for different folks. As far as I know, Japan makes great electronics (though S. Korea is neck and neck with them), cars, and more recently, steel (as in smelting and I-beams).

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 8:38 p.m. CST


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  • Dec. 17, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Someone, please, kill that f**ker

    by Aeghast

    Don't let him ruin the BEBOP

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Matthew Fox would be better

    by Drath

    But thanks to Speed Racer he'll probably never be associated with another live action anime again. Keanu is looking old to me though, older than Spike anyway. Only on Talkback would someone insist on saying CB is overrated. Chunkhead.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    Not the worst choice

    by The Pelti

    I always pictured the characters in Cowboy bebop as adults. Upper 20s at the youngest, barring Ed of course. Anime characters tend to skew younger, but in movie form it would work better with adults. My Top 3 picks would be: Spike: Jared Leto, Keanu Reeves, Billy Crudup, Jet: James Remar, Ron Perlman, Mickey Rourke Faye: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Grace Park, Maggie Q Ed: Depends on how they cast it, they go with a tomboyish teenager rather than a tween. My vote for older casting would probably be Ellen Page, younger would be better though, I'd say Christina Robinson( Aster on Dexter)

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Do NOT SKIMP on the stupid hair!

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    If they can give Depp anti-grav coifs like Scissorhands and Sweeney Todd, then it's good enough for Keanu, dammit. I never even really WATCHED Bebop and I understand how important it is that it gets made right.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST

    i hate the wachowskis

    by cloudrider`

    for starting keanu down this path. now he's ruining all the comic and anime properties he could get his hands on. first hellblazer, now this. i wish he would just stay still and let a real actor do these properties justice.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 9:50 p.m. CST

    I think Keanu

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    is too old for the part<p> Back around his Speed days he would have been right.<p> Sorry man, I can understand you wanting to do it. I love Bebop too.<br> But let a younger man do it

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Oh God no. Not Keanu

    by MurderMostFowl

    Spike is supposed personify Charisma and Cool. Not monotone. Oh god this is worse than that retarded attempt to bring Macross to the screen.<BR><BR> Even if they go with Keanu, it will be so hard to cast Faye. You have to buy all of the sides of that character... innocent girl with an erased past *and* a con artist, annoying *and* likable attitude, sex appeal *and* intelligence <BR> That has to be a hell of an actress to pull that off. <BR> Also, this isn't going to lend itself to movie format. So much of that show was in the serial nature of it all. <BR> Ugh...

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST

    did nobody read Johnnie Walker's post?

    by stickmangrit

    we're fucked folks, no two ways around it. Rothman's got his filthy fucking paws on the greatest goddamned anime ever made and he's <i>going</i> to turn it to shit. to everyone who'll bitch me out about "not waiting till it's released" i ask you to name me the top ten movies of the last five years. how many were made at Fox? quick, now list the ten most geek-hated films of the same period, and guess what, damn near all from that fucking shithole. if WB were behind it, i'd have at least some semblance of faith, but we're fucked on this one. the 5.1 DVDs of the complete series are at Best Buy for $40. treasure them, show them to your friends, and tell anyone who says "that looks cool" exactly what they're not seeing. our only hope is that this goes to development hell long enough for the rights to free up(or for Fox to come back under competent leadership), and given how hard DragonBall's gonna bomb(and you know this as well as i do) the odds are good that the accountants that run Fox will be shit-scared of "anime movies" for the next decade.<br> <br> fuck you. i can dream.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 10:46 p.m. CST

    David Tennant would make a better Spike.

    by lynxpro

    I would much prefer David Tennant in the role to Keanu, but I'm okay with Keanu in this. I'd also be cool with Jared Padalecki in the role. I know I'm crazy, but I could live with Zachary Quinto as Vicious. I'm still picking my brain for an actress worthy of playing Faye. The film would need a different name than "Cowboy Bebop" though. And there absolutely should not be ED in the film.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST


    by seppukudkurosawa

    Ed would end up being like the kid brother and the monkey in Speed Racer (which I also loved, by the way. And I'm glad to see I'm not the only one... Where were you all a few months ago?).

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Fuck the lot of you

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    I want the sleepy sounding lazy badass Spike as voiced by the japanese guy, not the "Heeeey I'm a COOOL guy" dipshit job the american voice actor pulled, and I can't think of any other american actor off the top my head who could do that better than Keanu.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 11 p.m. CST

    Director should be Alfonso Cuarón

    by Darth Ranma

    Keanu Reeves as Spike is like Tom Cruise as Lestat, it's just wrong. I like Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the role, and they need to find someone with the look of Kristen Stewart as she was in Panic Room for Ed. Alfonso Cuarón or Guillermo del Toro should direct. I think that none of the major studios can be trusted with a property of this nature, they see an anime with space ships and think blockbuster for stupid people. Cowboy Beebop, unlike the vast majority of anime out there, or media in general, actually has serious literary merit and needs to be treated as such.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 11:08 p.m. CST


    by maluquiro

    i really like joseph gordon levitt and carla gugino. although it's already been said above, clive owen has the perfect demeanor for spike. <br>lawrence fishburne would be pefect for jet. i also think michael chiklis could do it.<br> as for those who don't get anime... the is the only anime series i've ever followed. i didn't think i would like it till i sat down and watched it. sorry about the whining above, but it was a visceral gut reaction.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    alphonso would be perfect to direct.

    by maluquiro

    i also think steven soderberg could do it justice.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST

    James Ransone

    by therobcat

    James Ransone from Generation Kill and The Wire ahould play Spike. Maybe Olivia Wilde as Faye?

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 11:18 p.m. CST

    No! Leave it alone!

    by TheWaqman

    The emotionless Reeves would be terrible as Spike. Just leave my favorite anime alone please.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 11:32 p.m. CST


    by Dark Doom

    Spike is about 20-27 in the story arc in terms of his body. In terms of actual age you add 5 years. Hey he died once already ..DUH Spike is based on a popular Japanese character- who was in his twenties!! Klatuu is as old as me way too fuckin' old to be Spike. Spike could take Bruce fuckin' Lee. Spike is young, tough and shits nails. Neo is an old fuck now.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:13 a.m. CST

    sounds like a total Firefly ripoff!

    by oisin5199

    Just kidding.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Keanu in comics/anime

    by oisin5199

    I actually saw an old photoshop somebody did with Keanu as Morpheus in Sandman. And I actually think he could pull that one off if they could figure out a way to make it a good movie without completely fucking it up. Make Keanu's eyes black, give him that otherworldly sheen, and he could actually play the role pretty well - someone who, on the surface, doesn't have a lot of emotion, resistant to change, but is going through a lot on the inside. I think he's actually at the maturity where he could do it. It would never happen, though.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Oh God Dammit

    by Raphman


  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Keanu can't be Spike

    by Raphman

    Seeing as how Spike has a personality and all.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:33 a.m. CST

    They should base the film on that episode...

    by Happyfat73

    ... where the nasty fungal growth in the refrigerator starts stalking the ship. I love that episode.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 1:35 a.m. CST

    My ship works better when I kick it.

    by CZ

    I'll second Takeshi Kaneshiro. Or Roger Fan's awesome. Why is Keanu our default Asian guy again?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 2:12 a.m. CST

    too old

    by sokitome

    Keanu is too old, I'm not has rough on the guy as most posters here are but he's too old by about 10 years. I'm liking the Joseph Gordon Levitt suggestion. but he's gotta work out though. Charisma Carpenter would have been a good Faye, but she's a little too old too now, whoever said Ray Winstone as Jet hit the nail on the head he would be perfect.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Lee Pace

    by methosb

    Is the correct choice for Spike. Also, if they only make one movie then basing it off Asteroid Blues is a massive waste of great characters and back story. You would have to think they are wanting to make a bunch of movies if they are going to make the first one based on Asteroid Blues.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Hmm...Joseph Gordon Levitt/Alexander Skarsgård

    by kLkL

    Kinda looks like a pussy, but he has an OK face. If they were going to cast Vicious I'd go with Alexander Skarsgård.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 4:11 a.m. CST


    by ricarleite

    YOU FUCKING LOSER! YOU CLOSETED BAD EXCUSE FOR AN ACTOR! Keep you filthy hands AWAY from Cowboy Bebop! It's hard enough trying to stop one anime from being american-dumbanizated (Evangelion), you want to ruin this as well? And why the FUCK did you have to post Baccano here too? Now those sumb motherfuckers in Hollycrap will know it exist! IF YOU DO THIS, MR REEVES, I WILL MAKE SURE YOU DIE A HORRIBLE DEATH!!!

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Edwards Burns for Spike

    by MattmanReturns

    He has the exact same face. Give him the hair and you'd have Spike.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Wachowski's Directing Keanu as SPike!!!

    by onezeroone

    Perfect pitch to sell... and Wachowskis are the only ones I'd trust with good anime adaptations, seein they are big enough fans and 'get it'<p> Any flaws in Speed Racer were in the concept and series itself, if you can't buy into hyper-kinetic car-fu, don't shit on the the most perfect adaptation of any existing property to date. Speed Racer proves Wachowskis will be best to adapt Cowboy Bebop.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Will Smith for Spike!

    by Happyfat73

    Aw hell yeah!

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Thank god there's no Ghost in the Shell yet

    by MurderMostFowl

    I'm guessing someone in Hollywood is picting that right now with Angelina Jolie in the lead.<BR> The reponse so far is "naw... sounds too Matrixy"<BR> "Lets we make her blonde?" <BR>

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:15 a.m. CST

    wow typos abound...

    by MurderMostFowl

    that'd be "pitch" and "Lets make her blonde!"

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:18 a.m. CST

    I hope this deal falls apart completely...

    by Tin Snoman

    I'm tired of Fox playing the "Let's Ruin Every Property We Can Possibly Get Our Hands On" game. It's tired.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Keanu could play Ein!!

    by JustyHakubi

    How many times must we be forced to say," Please God, don't let this suck!!" in our lifetimes? Why damn you cruelest of Fates?? Why?!?!

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Spike is supposed to be cool. Keanu is not cool.

    by Mosquito March

    This will be another one of those movies where Keanu talks in an exceptionally deep voice to try and convince people that he's cool and/or tough. They need to just hire an unknown for this shit.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Did anyone ask him why...

    by mrfan

    TDTESS sucked?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST

    I've only seen...

    by cocolopez

    Keanu decent in three movies- Bill & Ted (the first one- second one was too goddamn awful to even register) where he played a convincing moe-tard, The Gift- where he surprisingly did a good job portraying an abusive redneck, and Thumbsucker- the quirkiest I've seen him. I can honestly say that he's been nothing but absolute crap in everything else I've seen- with the all-time worst being that serial killer movie he was in (The Watcher?). He needs to be practicing actual facial expressions in smaller roles and indie films and he should stop pretending that he can carry these huge budget sci-fi pictures- against the backdrop of explosive cgi action his whole cardboard I'm-not-here routine is like watching the hottest mind melting porn- then some old nude prego grandmother walks into the scene and you're sitting there with the world's limpest dick in your hand. Stop ruining the sci-fi money shots Keanu. You suck.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Despite "Speed Racer," Fox marches over the cliff.

    by Christopher3

    Cowboy Bebop can't get any better in live-action form. Leave it alone.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    I Always Prefered Samurai Champloo to Beebop

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Both a excellent however

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    MattmanReturns had a good suggestion

    by lynxpro

    Ed Burns would make a good Spike, even though he's a bit old for the part. For anyone who doesn't think he'd do scifi, well, I point to *A Sound of Thunder*.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    Stuart Townsend as Spike...

    by lynxpro

    As much h8 that has been generally brought down on Stuart Townsend around these parts, I think he'd do a good job as Spike. Then you could cast his girlfriend Charlize Theron as Faye. Get Sir Ridley Scott to direct but just instruct him not to make Spike a replicant or ditch any narration track... And I'm serious. Regardless of the box office, Townsend did a good job as Lestat and he was good as Kolchak in the re-imagining of *Night Stalker* which I wish would be released on Blu-ray. Hell, he'd make a good Doctor too.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST


    by stickmangrit

    this, i would pay to see. if there's anyone who could do it right it's them, and given that they've worked with Watanabe before(Animatrix) they'd at least have the good fucking sense to get his blessing on the project. and whilst Keanu would be utterly wrong as Spike for every reason listed here, he could actually do a pretty good Vicious. and as much as i love the Goddess Gugino, she's too old for Faye(especially the flashbacks). in her prime she'd have been perfect, but not now. i hate to say it, but Scarlet Johanson might be interesting(Faye has to look good, whine a lot, and convincingly pull off angry, coniving, and sad, it ain't THAT hard a role). Micheal Chiklis or Ron Pearlman for Jet, Dakota Fanning or the girl from Tideland could both pull off Ed(yes, Ed needs to be a kid and no, she does not need to be in the first movie. you need her to subvert the established serious tone of the first four crew members). honestly, i got nothin for Spike, Levitt's evidently doing good work, so why the fuck not.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Joseph Gordon Levitt!

    by sfezfilms

    I always thought he'd make a great Spike

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    RE: "Thank god there's no Ghost in the Shell yet"

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Oh, yes there is! And it's being handled by Steven Spielberg no less. I'm sorry to say that this worries me somewhat.<P>I've not watched much anime. Most of what I've seen is total garbage. However, I do hold AKIRA, COWBOY BEBOP, and GHOST IN THE SHELL (original film and SAC) in relatively high esteem. In fact, I think GHOST IN THE SHELL is fantastic stuff.<P>And as hot as a cartoon character like Faye Valentine might be, there is no one hotter than Major Motoko Kusanagi. Personally, I think she would be nearly impossible to cast.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    Yoko Kanno

    by nemesisdarkside

    Aren't we forgetting one of the most important things about Cowboy Bebop.<P>If they were smart they'd get Kanno onboard as composer.<P>While I wish this film wasn't happening, I agree that that Joseph Gordon Levitt would be excellent as Spike.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST


    by nemesisdarkside

    No one can play The Major. No one!

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Bebop can be a tricky property

    by veritasses

    to translate into live action. I'd be interested in seeing it no matter how it turns out though.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    The music in that video was HORRENDOUS

    by ArcadianDS

    as this contitutes the first and only segments of Cowboy Bebop I have ever seen, it will also be my last. That music made one of my kidneys fail.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp in "Dead Man"

    by BigFatBaby

    Watching that youtube clip of Spike Siegel, I thought it would have gone better with the haunting riffs of Neil Young's "Dead Man" soundtrack.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:25 p.m. CST


    by Zombie Nietzsche

    Don't worry, that was just the YouTube mashup. The actual music in the series is cool and jazzy, not Syndrome of a Down.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Firefly ripped Cowboy Bebop off.

    by scorpio2049

    Bebop: 1998 Firefly: 2002

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by oisin5199

    what part of 'just kidding' did you not get?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST

    People will probably bash me but....

    by Baked

    James Franco as Spike. He already has the physical conditioning done, his humor is just as dry and even tempered as Spike's delivery, and the man looks like him. <p> Trust me, James Franco is the best choice. <p> Ed = that little girl from the Game Plan. <p> Jet = Samuel L. Jackson or Vin Diesel. <p> Faye Valentine = Carla Gugino, bitches. Get your heads on straight, how did you not already pick she of the black hair, hard-boiled noir pedigree, and gorgeous ta-tas?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Anytime i describe Cowboy Bebop...

    by AnakinsDiapers the unitiated i say "it's a space western if shot in 1966". That's the feel i get when i watch it. And yes, the music is a giant part of what makes Bebop Bebop, so they need to either keep the original composer or hire someone who can ape it.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST


    by CaseyMcCall

    Keanu's signature line should be written into this...

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by Warcraft

    Rhona Mitra would be my first, and probably only choice, followed by maybe kate beckinsale, but knowing hollywood, they would cast lucy liu or angelina joli, lolz...

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST


    by Roketopunch

    Make Faye asian (oriental is something that is applied to an object or place,by the way.)with a big rack.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Mr. Nice Gaius gotta agree...

    by MurderMostFowl

    Kusanagi, in the TV series anyway, is insanely hot. She had sort of androgynous look in the movie that, while probably more realistic, left you wanting more. SAC decided she was going to be all woman, and I think that was a very.... very.. good decision :)

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Asteroid Blues means no Faye Valentine or Ed...

    by moviemaniac-7

    Come on, don't adapt an episode, but expand the universe a bit more, like the Knocking On Heavens Door movie did. If you cannot be completely original, then go on and build on something that is already there, don't remake. Bunch of lazy Hollywood ass clowns. Come up with your own fucking stories or just quit making movies.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    DarfurOnTheRocks... is that a troll?

    by MurderMostFowl

    Seeing how Mugen == Spike and Fuu= Faye nearly completely, with Jet not matching up so well with Jin, except that they're both the traditionalists and logical/lawful archtypes ( Jet, ex cop; Jin the Bushido disciple ) it sounds like you're trying to rattle people's cages :) <BR><BR> Which one did you see first? I saw Bebop first and through that Champloo was interesting, but the more "pop culture" and hip-hop jokes didn't register with me. Since they're both done by the same studio, i couldn't fault them too much for reusing the characters.<BR><BR> They're obviously different in their own ways too... both series were enjoyable.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Warcraft and MurderMostFowl

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Warcraft - Believe it or not, I don't believe any of those women are hot enough to play the Major. Rhona is close in terms of her physique. But I just don't think she has a commanding enough presence.<P>MurderMostFowl - agreed. Make no mistake, in SAC Motoko Kusanagi is ALL WOMAN!<P>I've said this before - I think the key to pulling off Kusanagi is the voice. It's not enough to find an actress with a killer body. You've got to have someone with a sense of maturity and sophistication that also gives off a sense of command and genuine presence.<P>Now, some purists would probably bitch about the need to cast someone asian for the role. That's fine...but since her body is prosthetic and her name is an anagram, I don't think it's a requirement. That being said, I still can't think of a single actress who could pull her off. Spielberg may have to have ILM or WETA render her as a CGI character and then hire Mary Elizabeth McGlynn to provide the voice...

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by JustyHakubi

    You are absolutely correct. They will either screw us out of Faye, Ed and Ein or butcher the episode, take your pic. The apologists of course will say that it's only "based on" the episode. The same pansy ass excuse that the suckups use to defend Hollywood writers. In addition to that, its a bit of dull episode. There are plenty of better episodes to choose from. Bebop works well because it is an ensemble cast. It's not just Spike it's the whole cast. They're just going to screw it up if they tinker with chemistry.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Fuck this

    by Harry Weinstein

    Fuck this deep and hard and straight up in its unwilling asshole.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST

    MurderMostFowl: I saw Champloo First

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    My brother prefers CB so I thought that it was going to blow me away. I was still impressed, but I think that the narrative of SC was more tighter than that of CB. Both are excellent though...

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    by BeerEngineer

    Fuck you all! I should play Spike.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Even though he's also the same age as Keanu...

    by Anna Valerious

    I still think Matthew McConaghey would be better. Also something worth mentioning in the Anime Column-The original voice of Meowth in the "Pokémon" dub, Maddie Blaustein, died at age 48 this week of natural causes. She was known as Adam until she became transgendered, but still continued voice acting.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Major Kusanagi

    by Amy Chasing

    They can do wonderful things with makeup and CGI these days so Catherine Bell could still play the Major. Look at some recent photos of her - it'd work.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Well Gaius, I believe Carrie Anne Moss sort of fits...

    by Warcraft

    your criteria...15 or so years ago. she's athletic, attractive, and has a good commanding voice. she's just too old now though.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Carrie Anne Moss was always my first choice for

    by Amy Chasing

    Major Kusanagi. Especially after The Matrix. But then she got really thin. I don't know if there's much left of her now.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Carrie Anne Moss? Really?

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Hmmm, I don't know. Not that I would kick her out of bed for eating crackers but for me, she just isn't hot enough. And she certainly doesn't have the huge Kusanagi rack...

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST

    CGI the Major...

    by Billyeveryteen

    ANY Cowboy Bebop is a good thing.<p>Speed Racer?? 3 races, wild and crazy and gorgeous. The rest? Long and dull. Very un-speed.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST

    I thought he said he was done with sciffy?

    by Dingbatty

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Casting had better be dead on, or it will suck like DRAGONBALL

    by Monkey_King

    especially since the DB film looks destined for the dollar bin.

  • April 16, 2009, 4:58 p.m. CST

    by 420god this is the phucking coolest thing to phucking happen every . hell ya box office hit .

  • April 16, 2009, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Bit late to the party are ye?

    by orcus