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Keanu Reeves to go Bebop for Spike?

By Chris Beveridge     December 19, 2008
Source: ICv2

John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) smoking in CONSTANTINE(2005).
© Warner Bros.

Some fans may want to reach for the bottle with this one as Keanu Reeves is saying he's very interested in taking on the role of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop for the live action adaptation. As discussed at ICv2, Reeves told MTV that he was eager to play Cowboy Bebop protagonist and futuristic space cowboy, Spike Spiegel.  “We’ve got the rights, we’ve got a writer, and he’s putting together a scene outline,” Reeves told MTV about the Cowboy Bebop project, which is set up at Fox. According to Reeves the live action film will focus on the origins of the Bebop team of bounty hunters and will incorporate the conclusion to the 26-episode anime and at least some of the episodic adventures explored in the series.

According to ICv2, Cowboy Bebop is one of the most popular anime TV series ever broadcast in the U.S.  By the middle of 2005, Bandai Entertainment had already sold over a million Cowboy Bebop DVDs, and the idiosyncratic series continues to get exposure on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.


Fox is currently working through another anime/manga to live action adaptation with the Dragonball: Evolution feature which is due out next year.


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Wizeman4ever 12/19/2008 6:51:52 AM

Probably the worst news I've heard all year. Don't people think before they cast Keanu Reeves?

AMiSHPiRATE 12/19/2008 7:07:10 AM

 And here I was hoping this was talking about Bebop and Rocksteady.

gauleyboy420 12/19/2008 8:28:07 AM

I think this is god news. I'm not a Keanu Hater, I tend to like most of his movies (as do the majority of peeps or else he wouldn't keep getting work) AND Cowboy Beebop is the only Anime I like, scratch that I LOVE IT!. So bring on a live version. SWEET!

xenomorph 12/19/2008 10:05:59 AM

Thank you fox, for destroying another great anime. first dragonbal and now this? what's next, bret ratner directing a Big O movie!?

Herron 12/19/2008 10:10:37 AM

While I'm still not sold on Keanu, he does look like he could pull of Spike in that photo as far as looks go, but I'm still not sure about the additude. We'll just have to see how it goes. Really way to soon to tell. Heck I still remember the backlash at Heath's Joker(because he was such a pretty boy) and look how that turned out. But I feel Heath's acting abilty far trumps Keanu so who can say.

GSSCHAN2000 12/19/2008 10:13:10 AM

what WILL SMITH is too busy? how about BEYONCE as SPIKE? IF she "can" be WONDER WOMAN why not SPIKE?

gauleyboy420 12/19/2008 11:09:11 AM

Big-O is a lame ripoff of Batman-TAS.

Start hating people.

10 bucks says this will be a cool movie. Beebop is a great story, and 10 times better  than Big-o or Drgonball ZZZZZZZZZZZ

sorry most anime just isn't my cup o' tea.


Beebop is the BOMB though!

PontiacDeath 12/19/2008 11:47:39 AM

Keanu should have retired after the days of Bill and Ted.  Why, because that was the only good acting I've ever seen him do.  Not that he had to try hard to be a brainless slacker.  Shit, Keanu as Spike!  I'd rather see Ashton Kutcher play Spike.  Hell, I would like to see Ashton as Spike.  He was, after all, supriseingly good in Butterfly Effect.

xenomorph 12/19/2008 1:36:14 PM

Gaulyboy420, Big-O is nothing like batman. Actually, its more neon genisis evangleion meets the matrix meets blade runner.

mbeckham1 12/19/2008 1:36:16 PM

Peter Weller's about the only guy I know cool enough to play Spike Spiegel.  He was just born for that role.  Jet Black, If they don't get DeNiro their wasting their time and money on this film.  Fey Valentine.  I'll admit this one I agonized over very tricky role.  I've settled on Michelle Yeoh.  She's the only one I  think of close enough to the right look who has enough tools in her acting tool box.   Yeah, you'll say she's too old, but that's much better han casting too young.  Knowing Hollywood they'll cast a twelve year old blond with a bad dye job.  Think I'm kidding?  Watch Aeon Flux or see wo they cast as the Baroness in the G.I. Joe movie.

Sadly, regardlessof who they cast it's gonna suck.  Bebop is briliant story but it' not the kind of story American studios are good at telling, for one thing, a good Bebop movie should be like the animated Bebop movie.  An extended episode with allusions to their pasts.  What made Spike's story wok was that they told it in fragment and ket us guessing.  It'll diminish if not kill the impact to tell it all  in one two hour feature.    Besides Bebop isn't just about Spike or Fey or Jet, at its best it's a slice of life in ths wild and morally ambiguous future.  Think some combination of Bladerunner and Serenity.

If I were to pick a great anime that would make a great hollywood moie I would pick Trigun:  It's western, we're good at Westerns, Westerns draw great direcors, who'll work for cheap because they just like doing them.  It's a story that can fit a two hour movie or two two hour movies.  Some anime's are made to fit that format, Trigun, Death Note, but Cowboy Bebop is not one of them.  The Escaflone movie had the same problem, even if it was anime itself, it still cut out too much of the story from the series, and a lot of great characters from the series suffered in that abridged version. 

Anyway the bigger problem is that This isn't a director's I have a dream project.  It's some bean counter standing on the shoulders of giants, and it'll probably be directed by Ratner, or the guy who did Ghost Rider or the guy who did Elektra.  The fact that they haven't talked about the director if they have ne yet, worries me a hell of a lot more than Keanu Reeves as Spike.  And I like Keanu Reevesfor a lot of things, Loved him in Matrx, But he just isn't Spike to me.  I just don't see that fitting.  

And yeah, Big O is awesome, and while there was some embeedded homage moments to the Batman TAS, it was quite a different story.

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