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Developments on Live Action Robotech - Peter Craig Talks Live Action Cowboy Bebop

Logo handmade by Bannister Column by Scott Green reports that novelist and UK TV writer Tom Rob Smith is the new writer on live action Robotech being developed by Tobey Maguire, Akiva Goldsman, Charles Rovenand Jason Netter. Other writers who had been attached to the Robotech script include Lawrence Kasdan and Alfred Gough & Miles Millar. From the Mania report Robotech is an English localized animated series constructed by concatenating Tatsunoko's sci-fi mecha series The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada. The Macross series, featuring young pilot's Rick Hunter involvement in a war between humanity and the giant alien Zentraedi, is Robotech most popular chapter, but also the most legally contentious. Disputes between sponsor Big West, producer Tatsunoko Pro and logalizer Harmony Gold have prevented Macross entries such as the animated movie Do You Remember Love? from being released in North America.
Anime Vice has posted an interview with Peter Craig, the writer on the live action Cowboy Bebop. AV: It's been reported that the staff who made the anime-- the studio Sunrise --is going to remain involved in the film. Do you know at this point if this will include significant involvement in the script? PC: Yes, they're very much involved. I met with all of them in Tokyo in December - at a long meeting with Keanu in the room. I thought there was an immediate rapport between all of us, particularly Shinchiro Watanabe and Keanu. I asked questions, presented scenarios, and they were very specific about their vision for the series, and how it might convert to a live-action film. They've continued to be in touch since then; and last month I received a very detailed letter, which I've consulted regularly. I'm close to finishing an early draft, and I believe they'll be very happy with it. Not only does the script stay extremely true to the show -- I also know that Erwin and Fox are already discussing production designers that can reproduce the "look" of Cowboy Bebop as closely as possible. They'll be reading the script soon... so my fingers are crossed. 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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  • June 24, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST


    by Weapon M


  • June 24, 2009, 8:11 a.m. CST


    by Weapon M

    Hey I did it! finally! All that hard work paid off! I am finally a first poster! Was wondering when that day would happen! hehe

  • June 24, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Oh joy.

    by Toilet_Terror

    I was hoping this would go away. Who knows though, it could end up being as great as Constantine!

  • June 24, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Live action Robotech

    by harshguy


  • June 24, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Next: Samurai Shamploo with Paul Walker

    by Toilet_Terror

  • June 24, 2009, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards...

    by wampa 1

    ...that came up with this one?

  • June 24, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST

    ROBOTECH! Because what the world needs now is....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...more big budget giant battling robot movies based on bastardized cartoon hatchet jobs.

  • June 24, 2009, 8:27 a.m. CST


    by redfist

  • June 24, 2009, 8:29 a.m. CST


    by josskacer

    If Akiva Goldsman is involved in any way this will be unwatchable. I am in no way looking forward to this mess

  • June 24, 2009, 8:31 a.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    Very cool to hear Peter Craig and Keanu are consulting so closely with Sunrise. This gives me more confidence.<p> I never saw "Cowboy Bebop" on television, but a friend loaned me the super-remastered DVD set and I really dug it. Funny yet serious, highly creative plotting with unusual (and often badass!) science fiction elements, sympathetic characters, punch you in the face battles, and a funky jazz soundtrack.<p> I wish Peter Craig and Keanu luck. Give us something sweet, boys!

  • June 24, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    fuck off wampa

    by TheExterminator


  • June 24, 2009, 8:36 a.m. CST

    I think it's rotten there's no Ed McMahon obit.

    by Cotton McKnight

    But hey, I know about Robotech now, and that's more important.

  • June 24, 2009, 8:46 a.m. CST

    by redfist

    has the PREIMUM Ed McMahon obit up....check em out

  • June 24, 2009, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Fuck you and your live action COWBOY BEBOP

    by Harry Weinstein

    How does it feel to be working on a project no one wants to see, Craig?

  • June 24, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Well, except ONE dipshit, apparently

    by Harry Weinstein


  • June 24, 2009, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Broke Back Mount with robots

    by Cronkit

  • June 24, 2009, 9:02 a.m. CST

    The only way Ed McMahon would be talked about here

    by Cronkit

    If he turned into a zombie and made a movie about zombies.

  • June 24, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    If it's ok with Watanabe, it's ok with me

    by scorpio2049

    As many red flags as this movie is raising, what with it being American-made and Keanu's involvment, if Watanabe is involved and doesn't allow the producers to railroad his opinion, I'll be happy if he's happy. In the end it can never be Cowboy Bebop. So I'm already prepared for some form of a shortfall.

  • June 24, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    It may turn out to be a fun Keanu sci-fi movie

    by Spandau Belly

    but I doubt it'll be anything like Bebop.

  • June 24, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST


    by RainesMaker

    Keanu is gonna be Spike obviously. Vin Diesel as Jet. ScarJo as Faye and the Breslin girl as Ed.

  • June 24, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST


    by Fixthe Fernback

    I really don't see how Ed would translate to live action, as that is a type of character that would not work well outside of anime imo. Also the show worked for me because of the great characters and the investment in them over the course of the series. I don't really see this working as a one off movie, heck the actual Bebop movie itself didn't really work, was a bit pointless imo.

  • June 24, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST

    shiokaze park

    by Dradis Contact

    here's your live action robotech movie

  • June 24, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Keanu cant act his way out of a nutsack...

    by BatPsycho


  • June 24, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    God forbid a white person is cast in either of these.

    by HoboCode

    The masses will revolt.

  • June 24, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Hobo the characters in BEBOP and Robotech are white

    by Tacom

    That's not the problem.

  • June 24, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    I just hope the people making Robotech

    by smackfu

    don't puss out on the apocalyptic tone and make it about fun robot action. Because watching it as a kid, what blew my mind was watching the earth get 99% destroyed, and not really ever recovering from it, and things just getting worse and worse for humanity as it went on. Despite all the bubble and inane dialogue, it was pretty dark stuff for an 80's kids cartoon.

  • June 24, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by ricarleite2

    Stop dumbing down good anime for the sake of the fat-fuck citizens of corporate america! LEAVE COWBOY BEBOP ALONE! LEAVE EVANGELION ALONE! Take that Naruto shit, take those crap and sell it as crap, we don't care. BUT DON'T FUCK WITH GOOD ANIME!

  • June 24, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Use Macross Zero as the jumping-off point.

    by Royston Lodge

    I would LOVE a WELL-MADE live-action Robotech, and with the names attached to it so far I'm prertty optimistic.<p> The best thing they could do is use Macross Zero as the jumping off point, rather than diving straight into the original Robotech.<p> Or, use much of the backstory that was created for the Robotech novels. There's lotsa cool stuff there.<p> Most importantly, don't fuck with the designs. Macross Zero proved that the original Veritech designs look fuckin' awesome when done with high-quality CGI, especially when the series directly contrasted the design of a Veritech to the design of an F-14. Very cool.<p> Finally, MORE DESTROIDS!!! My biggest complaint about Robotech was always how the Veritech pilots got all the glory, and the Destroids were merely extras getting blown away in the background.<p>

  • June 24, 2009, 12:53 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    I don't think they ever said they were white, dude. It was left unsaid. It was a Japanese show taking place in the South Pacific though so you do the math. In the English version the characters were given new or americanized names. It's futuristic though so perhaps it's intended to be mutli-cultural. Either way I was just making fun the ridiculous people crying racism over the casting choices in the upcoming Airbender film.

  • June 24, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    ^^^speaking of Robotech

    by HoboCode

  • June 24, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Bayformers needs some competition.

    by ganymede3010

    This franchise could save the Transformers. This will force Dreamworks for fire Michael Bay once they see what a competent director can do with giant fucking robots.

  • June 24, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Don't forget, This is a ROBOTECH movie...

    by Geomancer21

    not a macross movie. Expect the main char to be Rick Hunter.

  • June 24, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    This is some good news here!

    by Johnno

    Robotech seems to be getting a good writer!<br><br>And Cowboy Bebop will have close involvement with Sunrise and Shinichiro Watanabe!!! I'm not too enthusiastic about Keanu Reeves, but maybe he can pull it off! After all Spike is rather soft spoken and rarely ever blows up for some emotional performance, and Keanu "knows kung fu."<br><br>To make the first movie work, let it cover the first 5 episodes up to Ballad of falling angels. Let the main movie focus only on Spike and Jet, let it begin with the 1st bloody mary ep with the cartel after the drug, transition that plot into a big casino owning cartel that has Faye Valentine cornered into working for them as a secondary character in the movie and culminate the plot leading into Spike versus Viscious in the Church.<br><br>Leave further development of Faye and Ed's appearence for sequels. Maybe the dog too, but frankly we can do without Ein, or just have him in there from the start as Jet's pet running around the ship. Or just bring him into the picture alongside Ed.<br><br>And Royston Lodge... given all the legal brouhaha over Macross it's likely a lot will be changed with Robotech, very likely the mecha designs too unless something gets worked out. This is the one time where Hollywood might change things and it wouldn't be their fault. But I tihnk they can still stick closely enough to the originals without infringing on them.

  • June 24, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Keanu is a puss

    by Professor_Monster

  • June 24, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    I'm for a live action Robotech, but what about Macross

    by kirttrik

    I mean the first series is a re-editing of Macross. Why not just call it that.

  • June 24, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by Ryan B


  • June 24, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Robotech? Do battletech!

    by wonderboy2402

    Lets get a live action series of Battletech rolling, that would make for good televion / film.

  • June 24, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Agree with Johnno

    by Wandering_Prophet

    that's a good outline. And stop bitching about "another anime cast with white people" Everyone on Cowboy Bebop was caucasion! Caucasion names, caucasion faces. I know Spike was modelled off some Japanese actor, but do you now any...ANY Japanese folks names Spiegel. Technically you should be pissed that Keanu Reeves isn't a jew. I like Keanu, but I think SPike would have been in better hands with someone like Adrian Brody

  • June 24, 2009, 3:11 p.m. CST


    by Wandering_Prophet

    Cowboy Bebop is one of the few animes I've seen that I like primarily because it COULD be made into a real film or tv series (I love Firefly, but obviously Joss Whedon knew this too) The atmosphere, the ships, the costumes, everything is fairly logical. Except for Ed and Ein, but I always considered Ed kind of a poke at anime cliches that just wound up becoming a really likeable character. Even with all the anatmoical weirdness aside, I still know quite a few girls and people in general as spastic as her in day to day life. There's actually nothing about this so far that I've heard that makes me wary, except for the name FOX, but they're not incapable of making a good movie, they've just lost their way a bit in recent years. I'm just saying that benefit of the doubt is something that we talkbackers have almost erased from our minds, but like I always say, don't knock it till you try it.

  • June 24, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by ugh

  • June 24, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Dear Mr. Craig and everyone responsible for making Cowboy Bebop

    by question83

    Please kill yourself.

  • June 24, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry...

    by quamb

    But Keanu as Spike is THE WORST casting and sums up everything that is wrong with hollywood. Prepare yourselves for another jonny menomnic (or however the fuck that was spelt).

  • June 24, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Keanu Reeves as Spike...

    by Johnno Performance shouldn't be too hard either, When Spike's not kicking ass he's lazying around. Spike's the sort to normally keep his emotions in check... except when Viscious is around. But it is tough to picture Keanu doing humor and Spike's pretty cool and cracks corny jokes and sarcasm quite a bit... Keanu is apparently also trying hard to make this film happen and say what you will about him, but he's one dedicated mo-fo... They should just get Watanabe to direct.

  • June 24, 2009, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Tom Rob Smith

    by Disco_sucks

    Didn't read Child 44 but delved into Secret Speech and wasn't too impressed. Basically a series of not-too-interesting action sequences with not-too-interesting characters. I'm a huge fan of the original Robotech but it's an epic and frankly, I don't see how it's going to be possible to make a coherent, substantial two hour film out of it.

  • June 24, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Fuck it! Just get Steve Blum already...

    by Brannagins Law

    I don't even need to ask if he act better than Keanu.

  • June 24, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Scarlet McBewbs IS Faye Valentine

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    and every other female role for the next two years

  • June 24, 2009, 9:55 p.m. CST


    by Johnno

    I'm fairly certain they won't be cramming the entire Robotech saga into one film... This stuff is franchise material and they're certainly going to make more than one!

  • June 24, 2009, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Something is odd...

    by Ator

    I haven't seen Keanu this publicly excited since Bill and Ted. If he really has the passion he seems to for the show maybe this will work out after all. I can't really feel any true optimism about this yet though. I'll feel much better if they get Yoko Konno(sp?) and the Seatbelts on board for the soundtrack. It wouldn't feel like Cowboy Bebop without it.

  • June 24, 2009, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Damn straight! Hire YOKO KANNO!!!

    by Johnno

    Or at least license the music she's already made and use it!

  • June 25, 2009, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Scarlett doesn't have the boobs for Faye Valentine.

    by Amy Chasing

    Diora Baird perhaps?

  • June 25, 2009, 7:22 a.m. CST

    This will be based on Asteroid Blues

    by Geomancer21

    The first ep. at least everything mentioned so far indicates this. so no ed, faye, or ein. <BR><BR>I personally think Keanu is perfect for the role, they look alike and act very similar. A bowl of Neo with a pinch of Ted and you have Spike.<BR><BR>And I'd be more impressed if they got David Lucas to play spike over Steve Blum :P

  • June 25, 2009, 7:26 a.m. CST

    And, Everyone KNOWS Robotech...

    by Geomancer21

    Only anime fanboys (and I include myself in this catagory) know the original series was Macross. Most people in america that will remember the show will be thinking of the version they saw on tv and will probably know nothing of the macross connection.

  • June 25, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    No many times we say, "it can't be Macross"

    by GodMars

    You still have the usual collection of people who cannot read who post some nonsense about it. Harmony Gold does not have the rights to make a Macross movie, or even use the mecha and character designs in further productions.

  • June 25, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    I'm an anime fan who knows it's Macross

    by Johnno

    But I too grew up watching a show called Robotech. So I really don't mind if they keep calling it that and follw the story all the way through to the Mospeeda saga.

  • June 25, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST


    by Photosuperstar

    I'm gonna skullfuck you and piss all over your racist eyeballs!!!!

  • June 25, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST

    re: Scarlett doesn't have the boobs for Faye Valentine

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    she doesn't have the stature, the athletic ability or tone for the Black Widow either, but that didn't stop Favreau from casting her.<p> All she has is bewbs

  • June 26, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST


    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Or else it's just Cowboy Bebop In Name Only