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The latest candidate for development hell 
16th-Jan-2009 12:50 pm
Arcadia

At least I hope so: The live-action Cowboy Bebop with Keanu Reeves in the lead...

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16th-Jan-2009 02:25 am (UTC)
Reeves would be a perfectly good Spike Spiegel, given good direction.

16th-Jan-2009 03:06 am (UTC)
...given good direction.

Defence rests your honour. :)
16th-Jan-2009 02:25 am (UTC)
I actually think it's got a mountain of promise, personally. It's one of the more suitable animes to translate to a live-action English language film - more suitable than Akira or EVA at any rate.
16th-Jan-2009 03:07 am (UTC)
Agreed on suitability, it is just that I'm not at all confident in casting or implementation...
16th-Jan-2009 03:13 am (UTC)
The original production team are involved, this is a good thing.

They've cast Keanu Reeves (or attached him, at any rate), this is also a good thing. Reeves is not the kind of actor to latch onto a project without having serious interest in the character or doing research. Apparently there was a lot from the Hellblazer comic (like smoking, from memory) that Reeves insisted on putting into the Constantine movie.

Actually Constantine is a good example of the sort of project I'd expect this to be - a film that takes a bunch of cool stuff from the source material, but then kind of does its own thing with it.
16th-Jan-2009 03:16 am (UTC)
I haven't seen Constantine but have heard good things about it.
16th-Jan-2009 03:20 am (UTC)
All the Hellblazer fans kicked up a stink at the time because they shifted the character from London to L.A., but it actually works fine. It's a shame they didn't make a sequel.
17th-Jan-2009 04:34 am (UTC)
I rather liked the film as a film but not as an adaptation, simply because I feel Reeves was miscast. Had they called the film and the character something else, I probably wouldn't have noticed that it was meant to be Constantine.

I did like the scene where the female lead asks Keanu whether she has to strip, and he maintains a perfect poker face while he considers the question - but I think this says more about the director and editor's ability to turn Keanu's limited range into an advantage, than about Keanu's comic timing.
16th-Jan-2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Actually, I can see Keanu managing to portray the laid-back and understated Spike.
16th-Jan-2009 03:08 am (UTC)
The key point, as seawasp noted, is "given good direction"...
16th-Jan-2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
That's key in a lot of productions, though.

I just wonder why THIS rather than something, well, flashier. I dunno how well CB will go over as a live action.
18th-Jan-2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
I suspect what is happening is that anime is entering the collective consciousness of Hollywood as a possible source of material.

Obviously the "big" titles are going to get hit on first and Cowboy Bebop has been persistently successful in terms of sales, not to mention having a truly cool soundtrack that could be readily reused.
19th-Jan-2009 12:37 am (UTC)
"Cool soundtrack" is of course a matter of opinion. While it's undoubtedly a HIGH QUALITY soundtrack, given that it's Yoko Kanno, I can't stand the music in question.

Of course, I don't like CB anyway, so it's a totally academic question to me.

A live-action Escaflowne would interest me. But I'd rather watch a live-action Pokemon than Cowboy Bebop.
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