Keanu Reeves is set to star in the live action adaptation of the Japanese anime TV series “Cowboy Bebop.” Twentieth Century Fox will bring the sci-fi project to the big screen from a script by Peter Craig.
the series follows the adventures of a group of bounty hunters traveling on their spaceship, the Bebop, in the year 2071. The crew of the spaceship Bebop are a partnership of “cowboys” who travel the solar system trying to apprehend bounties.
Reeves would play Spike Spiegel, a bounty hunter and former member of a crime syndicate. Spiegel, along with Jet Black, a fellow bounty hunter and former cop, are the two pilots.
The show, which first aired on Tokyo TV and satcaster Wowow during the late 1990s, was strongly influenced by American music, even featuring action sequences — both space battles and mano a mano — timed to U.S. melodies.
Reeves’ association with the project leaked in the summer when Fox and 3 Arts Entertainment began the process of acquiring the rights from Sunrise Studios.
Erwin Stoff, Reeves’ longtime manager, is producing through 3 Arts. Joshua Long will serve as executive producer. Source