The flick is currently being put together by Erwin Stoff, a producer who has spent the last two decades working almost exclusively on Reeves projects, and recently set the film up at 20th Century Fox. “We’ve got the rights, we’ve got a writer,” Keanu explained. “He’s putting together a scene outline.”
Reeves revealed that this outline for the flick is currently focusing on the origins of the fictional “Bebop” drug developed by the military, which provides its users with a brief surge of superhuman reflexes and awareness. “We’re taking the Red Eye [story], the beginning part of the series,” he explained, “and then we’ll deal with the end of the series. We’re trying to figure out [the time frame]. We’re looking at the story right now.”
Since the beloved 26-episode show (as well as the feature film) didn’t necessarily maintain a linear style of storytelling, Reeves said that somewhere between the Red Eye origins and the “Bebop” conclusion, they’ll be picking out various highlights for their own use.
“Yeah, it’s so episodic and so disconnected. We’re trying to figure out what pieces to put together to tell one story,” he explained. “Because it’s such a short form, to make a 2 hour version [will be tough]. And it’s got so much of an origin-story obligation; you’ve got to get people up to speed, but you don’t want to do much of that. There are a lot of things to take into consideration, but we think we can do something good.”
Hey Hollywood, get off your ass and make Bastard!! already.
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Oooo. Cowboy Bebop means a lot to me. A LOT. I've sucked a lot of inspiration from the series. Great, great stuff.
A Red Eye storyline is fine with me. I say that they should just catch people up with some minor exposition and fit the storyline 'in between' one of the 'sessions'. I don't initially like the idea of 'summarizing' the entire series into one movie. If they wanted to go all out, make the movie's opening the end of one session and close it with the begining of another. If they want to encompass more of the series, do it with some non-linear storytelling and some 'visions' to give us some origins and destinations (where the series ended). I'm sure an intelligent group of writers could work something out.
I'm excited to hear about the director, cast and set design.
I'm not too familiar with the fans. But I hope they realize that a lot of fans hold the series very near and dear.
I really don't trust Fox.
A "Knockin' on Heavens' Door" adaptation was discussed five-or-so years ago. But I guess they never did anything with it.
On kind of a side note, I'm also curious to see how Akira is being handled. I guess it's still being made. Haven't heard about it lately.
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But I hope they realize that a lot of fans hold the series very near and dear.
I am certainly one of those. It is such a special show and is bar none my favorite show ever. Never even thought about the possibilty of a live action Hollywood movie before but am quite curious to see how this turns out.
I wonder if this will happen, or it will vanish into the land of limbo projects like the Neon Genesis Evangelion movie.
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