Shinichirö Watanabe, the director of the original, animated Cowboy Bebop, a much-loved anime series about the spaceship Bebop its misfit crew and computer-hacking corgi.
Watanabe has been in London for… a… holiday? For work? Because it’s nice? In any case, while he was over here, he had a word with Russ from Red Carpet News.
Here’s their video, and below, my transcript of what Watanabe – or at least his translator – said.
There is a project underway in America for a live action version of Cowboy Bebop but the details are a secret so I’m afraid I can’t talk about that. Cowboy Bebop was influenced a lot by American film so I am interested to see how Americans will turn that into a live action movie, and I also hope that they’ll be able to keep the feeling of the animated Cowboy Bebop.
Keanu Reeves was previously attached to take the lead in an American adaptation but that took too long, and he’s now, by his own admission, too old for the lead role of Spike. I don’t think he’d much suit any of the other parts – Jet Black is too hairy, grizzled and meaty – so cross Keanu off the list.
I expect we’ll be hearing some more about this before long. Bebop’s enough fun, and has enough a fanbase, that I’m sure this adaptation will have a real shot of making it all the way.