CATEGORIES Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Casting, RumorMonger, 20th Century Fox, Comic/Superhero/Geek, CinematicalThe last time news about Fox's live-action version of the classic Anime Cowboy Bebop popped up, it seemed like most fans weren't exactly thrilled with the whole idea. So, I'm awfully curious to hear what they think of Keanu Reeves' latest comments over at the MTV Movie Blog. Reeves recently spoke with MTV about the project and he told them, "We've got the rights, we've got a writer" -- which could lend a bit of truth to the rumors that Fox was fast-tracking the project for a 2010 release.
Bebop premiered in Japan in 1998, and followed the adventures of a group of bounty hunters in the year 2071. The series was renowned for its complex stories and characters, and it's inventive use of classic rock and pop songs in the narrative. Reeves tells MTV that the outline for the film is "currently focusing on the origins of the fictional "Bebop" drug developed by the military, which provides its users with a brief surge of superhuman reflexes and awareness. "We're taking the Red Eye [story], the beginning part of the series, and then we'll deal with the end of the series. We're trying to figure out [the time frame]. We're looking at the story right now" (which, if you know anything about the fractured and complex stories of Bebop, is going to be no easy task).
Even though the show only ran for 26 episodes, Bebop still has a strong (and relatively vocal) fan base. Fox might have to work extra hard to ensure their support in the wake of some of the other Anime projects that have been announced this year. So far there is no word on a director, but if Fox is looking to fast-track the film, it probably won't take long.
Sound off below and tell us what you think about Bebop on the big screen, and whether you think Reeves has what it takes to step into the role of the great Spike Spiegel.