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Keanu Reeves wants to spike his hair and hit the spaceways -- he's keen on making a live-action flick based on the popular jazz-influenced gunslinging anime series COWBOY BEBOP.

The project is currently set up at Fox (where Reeves is dismantling the globe in THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL) and has an undisclosed writer already at work condensing the episodes into a functional film structure. COWBOY BEBOP takes place in a future where the lawless solar system is regulated by bounty hunters.

Reeves wants to play Spike Siegel, a reformed enforcer who leads a crew of criminal catchers. "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." Which I thought was competently mined in FIREFLY/SERENITY, but Reeves thinks it's down to having a good production designer.

See what else he has to say, including the challenge of adapting 26 episodes (and a movie) and satisfying fans of a beloved show, RIGHT HERE.

Extra Tidbit: I might be in the minority, but I find Reeves to be a fascinating cat and an interesting (and occasionally effective) actor.
Source: MTV

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8:58PM on 12/22/2008
Ah, Damn it. I just threw up on myself.
Ah, Damn it. I just threw up on myself.
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12:17PM on 12/19/2008

Better Option for Spike

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12:16PM on 12/19/2008

Better Option for Spike

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4:04AM on 12/19/2008

Fuck that!

It will blow.

But I'd like to see Owen Wilson as Cobra (Buichi Terasawa)!
It will blow.

But I'd like to see Owen Wilson as Cobra (Buichi Terasawa)!
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3:09AM on 12/19/2008
Keanu Reeves is such a one dimentional actor and he's not cool enough to play Spike.
Keanu Reeves is such a one dimentional actor and he's not cool enough to play Spike.
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12:41AM on 12/19/2008
HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE IDEA
I've always tried imagining a Cowboy Bebop film and someone who'd appropriately fit Spike's shoes in both an aesthetic way and an emotionally deep way. KEANU REEVES and his stoned face will leave Bebop be if he's a true fan. NO ACTOR CAN PLAY SPIKE SPIEGEL.
HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE IDEA
I've always tried imagining a Cowboy Bebop film and someone who'd appropriately fit Spike's shoes in both an aesthetic way and an emotionally deep way. KEANU REEVES and his stoned face will leave Bebop be if he's a true fan. NO ACTOR CAN PLAY SPIKE SPIEGEL.
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12:26AM on 12/19/2008

Music

They had better feature Yoko Kanno's music!
They had better feature Yoko Kanno's music!
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12:19AM on 12/19/2008

Will Keanu be sporting the TED look again?

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9:03PM on 12/18/2008
I think this could be bad ass! it just needs to be treated with thr respect it deservies.

luvcroft im not sure i know what your saying. are you saying that firefly is a rip off of bebop? or is it a rip off of something else. IMO the two are nothing alike except in the fact they are both scifi. and i wish they would stick to firefly in hollywood the show needs a new chapter. maybe a secound war between the outer planets and the allince! that would be awsome and if done properly could lead
I think this could be bad ass! it just needs to be treated with thr respect it deservies.

luvcroft im not sure i know what your saying. are you saying that firefly is a rip off of bebop? or is it a rip off of something else. IMO the two are nothing alike except in the fact they are both scifi. and i wish they would stick to firefly in hollywood the show needs a new chapter. maybe a secound war between the outer planets and the allince! that would be awsome and if done properly could lead into a new series spinoff since there is no way all the actors from firefly would or could come back
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2:30PM on 12/18/2008

NO

ARRRRRRRRRRGH!
ARRRRRRRRRRGH!
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1:05PM on 12/18/2008
In the right hands, this could be a great film. Keanu Reeves is a perfect choice for Spike. Hopefully they hired a good screenwriter. If not i'm about ready to get on my computer and come up with a screenplay myself cause i can see this film as a mix of western and sci-fi.
In the right hands, this could be a great film. Keanu Reeves is a perfect choice for Spike. Hopefully they hired a good screenwriter. If not i'm about ready to get on my computer and come up with a screenplay myself cause i can see this film as a mix of western and sci-fi.
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11:31AM on 12/18/2008

NO!

No NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

LEAVE Cowboy Bebop ALONE!! Stupid idiotic Hollywood!!

Those idiots should just stick with that shit Firefly...its a rip off anyways!
No NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

LEAVE Cowboy Bebop ALONE!! Stupid idiotic Hollywood!!

Those idiots should just stick with that shit Firefly...its a rip off anyways!
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11:04AM on 12/18/2008
The only thing Keanu Reeves should be playing is a Cigar Store Indian. Because that is his acting range. Completely wooden and lifeless!!!
The only thing Keanu Reeves should be playing is a Cigar Store Indian. Because that is his acting range. Completely wooden and lifeless!!!
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10:30AM on 12/18/2008

KickyVonKickerton...

I totally agree. they should have made this in the the early 90's with a young John Cusak as Spike. That would have been perfect!

Keanu looks like Spike. or at least, i can imagine him being made up to resemble him quite closely.
I totally agree. they should have made this in the the early 90's with a young John Cusak as Spike. That would have been perfect!

Keanu looks like Spike. or at least, i can imagine him being made up to resemble him quite closely.
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9:34AM on 12/18/2008
Keanu is DEFINITELY NO Spike Spiegel. God help us.
Keanu is DEFINITELY NO Spike Spiegel. God help us.
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9:26AM on 12/18/2008

NO!!!!!!!!!!

they will kill bebop and spike doesnt have spiked hair its more of an afro and keanu will die if i ever see him trying to play as spike wit that same retarted acting. any anime fan will agree this is wrong this is the bigist anime that ever lived (aside from akira) if you're a ture anime fan you will boycot this film with me
they will kill bebop and spike doesnt have spiked hair its more of an afro and keanu will die if i ever see him trying to play as spike wit that same retarted acting. any anime fan will agree this is wrong this is the bigist anime that ever lived (aside from akira) if you're a ture anime fan you will boycot this film with me
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8:54AM on 12/18/2008
I'd like to see this as a film,
but Keanu would really have to impress me as Spike or i'd be turned off.
I'd like to see this as a film,
but Keanu would really have to impress me as Spike or i'd be turned off.
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7:40AM on 12/18/2008
JGL would work. I like that idea better than Keanu. What about the other Bebop crew?

Jet Black = Josh Brolin
Faye Valentine = Megan Fox
Edward = some crazy unknown teenager chick
Ein = talented Welsh Corgi. Must be a Welsh Corgi!
JGL would work. I like that idea better than Keanu. What about the other Bebop crew?

Jet Black = Josh Brolin
Faye Valentine = Megan Fox
Edward = some crazy unknown teenager chick
Ein = talented Welsh Corgi. Must be a Welsh Corgi!
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7:15AM on 12/18/2008

Brick Grown Up

O and anyone who would doubt Levitt as Spike just needs to watch the movie Brick. He basically plays a young Spike in that movie anyway. Man he'd be perfect
O and anyone who would doubt Levitt as Spike just needs to watch the movie Brick. He basically plays a young Spike in that movie anyway. Man he'd be perfect
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7:13AM on 12/18/2008

UGGGHHH!!!

As I'm sure its been said before: This is one of my favorite anime's ever! but dammit i dont know if keanu is right for this.
The only person who could do it justice is joseph gordon levitt because hes got the chops to do it. That or an unknown. Ugh im so torn because i love bebop but at the same time i dont want to see them give it the dragonball treatment.
Anime has some of the best stories being told right now, how can it be so hard to get ANYTHING of substance without whoring out the
As I'm sure its been said before: This is one of my favorite anime's ever! but dammit i dont know if keanu is right for this.
The only person who could do it justice is joseph gordon levitt because hes got the chops to do it. That or an unknown. Ugh im so torn because i love bebop but at the same time i dont want to see them give it the dragonball treatment.
Anime has some of the best stories being told right now, how can it be so hard to get ANYTHING of substance without whoring out the series???
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6:11AM on 12/18/2008
I completely agree with phat magik on the casting, when I was trying to think of who I'd rather see in the part than Keanu, the first person I thought of was Joseph Gordon Levitt. However, I didn't mention him initially because I thought he'd probably be too young (or at least look to young) for the part.

Honestly, I don't think Keanu would be *that bad* in the role, I'm just pretty sure there are people who could do it better. In my opinion the main thing he has going against him is the
I completely agree with phat magik on the casting, when I was trying to think of who I'd rather see in the part than Keanu, the first person I thought of was Joseph Gordon Levitt. However, I didn't mention him initially because I thought he'd probably be too young (or at least look to young) for the part.

Honestly, I don't think Keanu would be *that bad* in the role, I'm just pretty sure there are people who could do it better. In my opinion the main thing he has going against him is the baggage hewould bring. It's obvious casting him would anger some of the fans and it might put off non-fans from seeing the movie as well.
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4:22AM on 12/18/2008
Oh and Brandon Lee would have totally nailed this role.
Oh and Brandon Lee would have totally nailed this role.
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4:18AM on 12/18/2008
John Cusack could probably play Spike. Maybe if he was younger.
John Cusack could probably play Spike. Maybe if he was younger.
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4:05AM on 12/18/2008
but spike isnt a mysterious character, he has a mysterious background but that is about it. the only thing Keanu has going for him is the look. even if you think Keanu is the greatest actor in the world at what he does, i honestly believe he cannot do this. i have seen NOTHING from him that proves otherwise. i dont mean to sound like i am hating on Keanu, i likes some of his work, but facts are facts.
but spike isnt a mysterious character, he has a mysterious background but that is about it. the only thing Keanu has going for him is the look. even if you think Keanu is the greatest actor in the world at what he does, i honestly believe he cannot do this. i have seen NOTHING from him that proves otherwise. i dont mean to sound like i am hating on Keanu, i likes some of his work, but facts are facts.
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3:56AM on 12/18/2008

HOLY SHIT

Shit yes!
After the miserable rape that has happened to my #1 anime (dragonball), my #2 anime (Cowboy Bebop) is being approached with sensible and appreciative talent!! HELL YES!!! And although Keanu isn't who comes to mind when I think of Spike Spiegel, I think he can actually pull it off. He's got the quiet mysterious character thing nailed, AND he's got the martial arts chops in the can, he's tall, has a slender face, and can get thin if he wants to!!! FUCK YES!!!!!!!
Shit yes!
After the miserable rape that has happened to my #1 anime (dragonball), my #2 anime (Cowboy Bebop) is being approached with sensible and appreciative talent!! HELL YES!!! And although Keanu isn't who comes to mind when I think of Spike Spiegel, I think he can actually pull it off. He's got the quiet mysterious character thing nailed, AND he's got the martial arts chops in the can, he's tall, has a slender face, and can get thin if he wants to!!! FUCK YES!!!!!!!
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3:07AM on 12/18/2008
like i said, Bojac, it really doesnt matter what your feelings are on Keanu's acting, not one of the characters you mentioned even remotely comes close to Spike. he just can't pull it off. think more indiana jones, just more laid back and less jokes.
like i said, Bojac, it really doesnt matter what your feelings are on Keanu's acting, not one of the characters you mentioned even remotely comes close to Spike. he just can't pull it off. think more indiana jones, just more laid back and less jokes.
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1:41AM on 12/18/2008

Yep

Keanu isn't given the credit he deserves. Who doesn't love the Bill and Ted movies, the Matrix movies, Constantine was underrated, hell even the Replacements was good. Not to mention Speed, Point Break, Dracula, and The Devil's Advocate. I imagine he's one of the coolest cats you could ever meet and I sure as hell would check out a Cowboy Bebop movie with him in it.
Keanu isn't given the credit he deserves. Who doesn't love the Bill and Ted movies, the Matrix movies, Constantine was underrated, hell even the Replacements was good. Not to mention Speed, Point Break, Dracula, and The Devil's Advocate. I imagine he's one of the coolest cats you could ever meet and I sure as hell would check out a Cowboy Bebop movie with him in it.
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1:34AM on 12/18/2008

Why?

It could be such an excellent movie but not done the way they plan to do it or with Keanu. My choice would be someone abit younger like Joseph Gordon Levitt who has prven himself as an actor and as someone with some comedic timing.

I'd also say to scrap trying to fit all the characters and make it just about Spike and Jet before anyone else gets involved. Reference the syndicate, maybe throw in Faye somehow at the end and you could be set up for a sequel to please the fans.
It could be such an excellent movie but not done the way they plan to do it or with Keanu. My choice would be someone abit younger like Joseph Gordon Levitt who has prven himself as an actor and as someone with some comedic timing.

I'd also say to scrap trying to fit all the characters and make it just about Spike and Jet before anyone else gets involved. Reference the syndicate, maybe throw in Faye somehow at the end and you could be set up for a sequel to please the fans.
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1:25AM on 12/18/2008
Probably the only anime I actually like. The original show is amazing noir-esque with really great music. If they can just get the same feel, it could work.
Probably the only anime I actually like. The original show is amazing noir-esque with really great music. If they can just get the same feel, it could work.
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12:26AM on 12/18/2008

What!?!?!

Cowboy Bebop is one of my all-time favorites!! But I think that's mostly because of the animation. However, this could be good, as long as they do it right.
Cowboy Bebop is one of my all-time favorites!! But I think that's mostly because of the animation. However, this could be good, as long as they do it right.
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11:06PM on 12/17/2008

Bad Choices

I LOVE Cowboy Bebop. Some of the greatest Animation in all animation. great stories, characters, etc... They need to make another ANIMATED movie. please. they can't adapt everything into a live action movie. It'll need a miracle worker of a director to pull this off. I'm worried. I really am.
I LOVE Cowboy Bebop. Some of the greatest Animation in all animation. great stories, characters, etc... They need to make another ANIMATED movie. please. they can't adapt everything into a live action movie. It'll need a miracle worker of a director to pull this off. I'm worried. I really am.
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10:41PM on 12/17/2008
Yes, Reeves really does look the part but he wouldn't be my first choice. Personally, I'm just glad this is getting made. If people can adapt a comic and do it right there's no reason they can't work the same kind of magic on an anime series. Personally I'm more concerned about who they get to write and direct this.

Also, in the interview Reeves says that the movie will be a feature length version of the first episode, rather than trying to condense the series into a single film (which is a
Yes, Reeves really does look the part but he wouldn't be my first choice. Personally, I'm just glad this is getting made. If people can adapt a comic and do it right there's no reason they can't work the same kind of magic on an anime series. Personally I'm more concerned about who they get to write and direct this.

Also, in the interview Reeves says that the movie will be a feature length version of the first episode, rather than trying to condense the series into a single film (which is a smart move in my book).
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10:32PM on 12/17/2008
They already came out with an amazing movie version of this series and I wouldn't want to see a live action version. Especially not with Reeves in it. I don't mind him as an actor but he's just not right for the role. I think a new comer would be a better option, only because I can't picture anyone currently famous as Spike.
They already came out with an amazing movie version of this series and I wouldn't want to see a live action version. Especially not with Reeves in it. I don't mind him as an actor but he's just not right for the role. I think a new comer would be a better option, only because I can't picture anyone currently famous as Spike.
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9:57PM on 12/17/2008
thats funny. i thought of this idea like about 8 or 9 years ago when i first watched Cowboy Bebop. But i thought of it for style not the substance. he's just not cool enough for it. I just dont want the Whoa to shit on such an amazing series.

but if they go ahead and do it... here's hoping for Ridly Scott to direct.
thats funny. i thought of this idea like about 8 or 9 years ago when i first watched Cowboy Bebop. But i thought of it for style not the substance. he's just not cool enough for it. I just dont want the Whoa to shit on such an amazing series.

but if they go ahead and do it... here's hoping for Ridly Scott to direct.
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9:31PM on 12/17/2008
razgriz21,

you mean, like, Speed Racer?
razgriz21,

you mean, like, Speed Racer?
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9:30PM on 12/17/2008
honestly, the only thing at all going for him is that he looks the part. that is it. there is absolutely no way in hell he can actually play the part of spike. anyone who has seen the show can attest to that. really, it has nothing to do with whether we think Reeves can act, it is a simple matter of fact that even if you think he has been good in the parts he has already played, he cannot pull this off. it is just not in him.
honestly, the only thing at all going for him is that he looks the part. that is it. there is absolutely no way in hell he can actually play the part of spike. anyone who has seen the show can attest to that. really, it has nothing to do with whether we think Reeves can act, it is a simple matter of fact that even if you think he has been good in the parts he has already played, he cannot pull this off. it is just not in him.
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9:26PM on 12/17/2008
Why are they going live action when it should be animation?
Why are they going live action when it should be animation?
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9:19PM on 12/17/2008
oddly enough he does look the part, but i think it would take alot of work to pull the whole thing together. my biggest hope is that they manage to get the style and music that the series had, its really what set it apart from other anime series at the time.
oddly enough he does look the part, but i think it would take alot of work to pull the whole thing together. my biggest hope is that they manage to get the style and music that the series had, its really what set it apart from other anime series at the time.
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9:19PM on 12/17/2008
Well I think they could get around the age discrepancy, but Reeves just isn't cool enough to be Spike. You need someone like Clive Owen imo. Someone that just oozes cool.
Well I think they could get around the age discrepancy, but Reeves just isn't cool enough to be Spike. You need someone like Clive Owen imo. Someone that just oozes cool.
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9:16PM on 12/17/2008
I'm a Reeves fan myself, but there's a laundry list of problems with his casting as Spike Spiegel, starting with his being 17 years too old for the part.
I'm a Reeves fan myself, but there's a laundry list of problems with his casting as Spike Spiegel, starting with his being 17 years too old for the part.
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9:10PM on 12/17/2008
There's no way Reeves could pull off Spike and Firefly has nothing on Bebop. Reeves should just stick to producing this movie and making sure it's a top notch film.
There's no way Reeves could pull off Spike and Firefly has nothing on Bebop. Reeves should just stick to producing this movie and making sure it's a top notch film.
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