'Cowboy Bebop' Live Action Hollywood Movie Shooting This 2015? Anime Continuation Still A Possibility
By Joey Parsons | February 25, 2015 12:14 PM EST
One of the most celebrated anime series from the 90's, "Cowboy Bebop" will be getting a Hollywood live action movie.
Although nothing has been confirmed at this point, "Cowboy Bebop" director Shinchiro Watanabe said there are still plenty of tweaks being done before the film pushes through.
It can be noted that he gave updates about the live-action "Cowboy Bebop" film at the MCM London Comic Con in Oct. 25, 2014. Watanabe said, via a translator:
"I'm afraid I don't know what they're thinking in Hollywood. Apparently the project hasn't come to a stop but I don't know how it's going to progress from here on. I hear that there are a lot of 'Hollywood' problems."
When he was asked if fans will get to see a sequel to the animated series, the director said there's a possibility of him doing so.
"I thought I could do better [than] last time. If I feel that way, I might make more but I don't know when that would happen."
Meanwhile, the potential film casts are yet to be determined. When the project first surfaced, actor Keanu Reeves (The Matrix Trilogy) was tapped to star as Spike. Last year, he hosted a Q&A session on Reddit and when asked about the live-action "Cowboy Bebop" film, Reeves replied:
"Cowboy Bebop does not look like it is going to happen with me in it. The script that was written was great and amazing, but it would cost like half a billion dollars to make it, and while I wished and hoped I would have done that project, we are working on trying to get Bill & Ted 3. There's a script and we are trying to put it together."
The project has been on the works since 2009 when Twentieth Century Fox, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Sunrise (the studio that produced the animated series) announced January of that year that they would be co-producing the proposed adaptation of the 1998 anime series.
The animated series follows the diverse crew consisting of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Edward as they venture throughout the solar system on board their Spaceship Bebop.
According to Animenewsnetwork, people helming the project are Erwin Stoff, a film producer who worked with Reeves on "The Matrix" and "A Scanner Darkly." Sunrise President Kenji Uchida, will serve as one of the associate producers and will be joined by "Cowboy Bebop" director Shinichiro Watanabe, and the original series script supervisor Keiko Nobumoto. Peter Craig was writing the film's screenplay. Stoff had said in 2009 that the film would not be an origin story.
In other news, YouTuber Tom Connolley uploaded a fan-made video showing the potential cast members of the movie. In this video, Reeves stars as Spike, Mr. T as Jet Black, Megan Fox as Faye Valentine, Bonnie Wright as Edward, Brad Pitt as Vicious and Bonnie Summerville as Julia.
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