Thursday, October 30, 2014
Watanabe Speaks Out On The Live-Action COWBOY BEBOP Movie That Still Isn't
By May of last year, things felt a little more optimistic for the film, for which John Wick star, actor Keanu Reeves was reportedly tacked on to play the lead, late 21st century Mars-born intergalactic bounty hunter Spike Spiegel and his ragtag team of associates aboard their spaceship, Bebop in the year 2071 on a mission to investigate the fictional drug "Red Eye". Details were scant but the team was in place to develop the film with Peter Craig providing the screenplay. But by about a year ago, Reeves stated to the public in a Reddit AMA that it didn't appear the film would get off the ground with him involved.
Nary has a word been said about that project while things have been moving forward with regard to other studios like Dreamworks' Ghost In The Shell and the on-again/off-again activity of Non-Stop helmer Jaume Collet-Serra's Akira for Warner Bros. But, Watanabe did speak to a London Comic Con panel to discuss this month status of where things are for the film, and while I won't quote what he said, you can tell he wasn't too comfortable answering the question in the course of being as vague as possible in his explanation. Clearly, it's a sensitive issue, and one I think we all can hope will sort itself out soon enough.
In the meantime, Funimation and Amazon will be releasing two premium editions of the popular animated series on Blu-Ray this December.
Watch the video below courtesy of Red Carpet News and stay tuned for more info.