Keanu Reeves Says Cowboy Bebop Adaptation Is Going "Nowhere"
Posted 09.23.10 by BrentJS
One year ago almost to the day, Keanu Reeves offered up his last update of the live-action Cowboy Bebop movie adaptation that he is producing and attached to star in, saying that the project had been delayed because the script needed to be retooled to bring down the cost of the production.
In a recent interview with MTV, Reeves confessed, with some consternation, that the project has gone "nowhere" since his last update. He said that attempts to pare down the script haven't been working and that each draft that comes back would still cost "a gazillion dollars" to turn into a movie.
Every time they try to pare it down, it's like, "Well, that's not the film, what about the other kajillion?"
Reeves also said that, at 46, he might be getting a little too old to play the groovy martial artist/bounty hunter Spike Spiegel, joking that he might have to play "senior Spike" or "dad of Spike."
The Cowboy Bebop movie would be loosely based on the popular Japanese animated series of the same name about a dysfunctional group of bounty hunters or "cowboys" who zoom — and sometimes limp — throughout the cosmos in search of bounties aboard their ship, the Bebop. The 26-episode series is still popular in Japan and also runs in syndication in the United States. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, an animated feature that continued the series, was released in Japan in 2001 and in the U.S. in 2002.