According to Variety, Keanu Reeves and 20th Century Fox is setting their sights on a big budget version of the hit anime series Cowboy Bebop.
"Keanu Reeves is taking on another sci-fi mission for 20th Century Fox. The "Day the Earth Stood Still" star is attached to topline a live-action bigscreen adaptation of the Japanese anime TV series "Cowboy Bebop" for the studio. Reeves will take on the role of Spike Spiegel, an adventurous bounty hunter traveling through space in 2071."
Cowboy Bebop aired originally in 1998, and later after an english redub, released through Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. That was my first exposure to the Bebop crew, and I became one of the many many fans out there that consider it one of the best series ever made. Fandom aside, I know Cowboy Bebop has a pretty strong fanbase here in the states and there is a lot of potential pitfalls a big screen adaptation will face.
I think it boils down to subtlety and nuance. Capture that undercurrent of Bebop essence in a live action movie, you would have a winner.
Just sticking with some of the original soundtrack will boost the cred of any production. If you haven't heard it or seen it, I would suggest doing so. Like now! Here's a taste:
"Jackie Chan is in negotiations to star in Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment's remake of "The Karate Kid" says the trades. Chan would take on the mentor role of Mr. Miyagi, made famous by Pat Morita in the original. Jaden Smith is set to star as the boy that Chan trains, and the movie will examine the relationship between a martial arts expert and a boy who is picked on by bullies."
I have so many fond memories of the Karate Kid as I grew up. I am kind of worried about a remake. But then again, it can't be any worse than the remake of The Matrix. You know, it was called Matrix Revolutions or Reloaded or some crap like that. I am not sure. It was crap, and totally unrelated to the first Matrix. Much like my point is completely unrelated to the Karate Kid. But I digress. Greatly.
I wonder why Hollywood is so fearful of making original movies and instead rehash classics. They are so risk averse to new ideas, and they wonder why ticket sales keep dropping. Hmmmm.... I wonder why that is happening. That's a mystery!
After the break comes some much needed (and hilarious) context from NewsInFilm.com: (click read more to continue!)