April 28, 2009 . Whoa! Julia! permalink ]

Somehow, this fact slipped under my radar for months: Keanu Reeves has signed on as Spike Spiegel in the live-action remake of Cowboy Bebop.

If you have never seen Cowboy Bebop, run out today and buy, borrow, or beg a copy to watch. Cowboy Bebep is one of the best anime productions ever made and has a very strong following. The strength of the show comes from the combination of great, believable characters, fun action sequences, and excellent soundtracks. What really solidifies Cowboy Bebop as my favorite anime are the over-arcing story lines that reveal each character’s past and then show that past catching up to them. And most of the time dedicated to those story arcs are spent on the main character, Spike Spiegel.

Unfortunately, that style does not translate well to a movie format. Although the characters can stand on their own, the movie will lack the story-telling magic that defined the success of the series. Instead, the movie will have to rely solely on the characters and a well-written, self-contained story. And in a live-action adaptation, that means that the actors must do a good job of matching the original character from the series.

So that means that the big question for the movie is: Will Keanu be believable as Spike? I guess we’ll find out when (if) the movie is released.

I also want to know: Who will be cast as Faye?

Posted at 3:39 pm [ 2 comments ] [ Categories: 2DTV ]
On April 28th, 2009, at 5:15 pm, Pi Visuals said ... [ permalink ]

Sweet stuff! I am more curious as to who will play Vicious.

The cool thing is Shinichiro Watanabe is an associate producer. So hopefully this means the movie will have input from the people that made the anime so great.

According to the latest reports, the movie is slated for a 2011 release.

On May 5th, 2009, at 1:04 pm, news : pivisuals : Sloppy Seconds said ... [ permalink ]

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