Keanu Reeves Talks ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Film
Keanu Reeves told MTV that the live-action adaptation of the popular Cowboy Bebop will take “Asteroid Blues”, the first episode and expand it into a feature. “We’ve got the rights, we’ve got a writer,” Reeves said. “He’s putting together a scene outline.”
Reeves and producer Eric Stoff acquired the rights via 20th-Century Fox in a deal announced over the summer.
The series was one of the early anime hits in the 1990s and gained a cult following for the 26 episodes, created by Shinichiro Watanabe and Keiko Nobumoto, which were produced and aired on Cartoon Network. Bandai Entertainment released the entire series and anime film Bones on DVD. It has made frequent appearances on top anime lists both here and in Japan.
“It’s got a Western quality, a Western film noir aspect to it,” Reeves said. “It’s got so much style to it, and that’s part of its appeal. That kind of Old West, bordertown, low-tech science fiction aspect.
“I think that would be a production designer’s dream. I think you just need a good production designer.”
The series, set aboard the spacecraft Bebop, is heavily influenced by American jazz music and cowboy themes. It debuted in 1998 and reached America in 2001.