Keanu Talks “Cowboy Bebop” Status

Out doing promotion for “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee”, Keanu Reeves talked to MTV News about the status of Fox’s live-action film adaptation of hit 90’s Japanese anime “Cowboy Bebop” which he’s attached to.

“There’s a draft of the script, but the writer did such a great job [that] in order to make the movie, you would need half a billion dollars. So the studio went, ‘This movie is fantastic and it would cost half a billion dollars so he’s doing a rewrite” said Reeves.

He went on to add “The only challenge was to make a satisfying western narrative out of the kind of storytelling that happens. There’s a great draft, so we’re just trying to pull it back a little bit now” says Reeves.

The original anime is set in a time where “astral gates” make interstellar travel possible. Humanity, decimated by a lunar explosion resulting from a gate accident, spread out across the solar system, as did crime, which gave rise to the use of bounty hunters.

Reeves is set to play Spike Spiegel, a bounty hunter and former member of a crime syndicate.