So everyone's inbox should have had the news this morning. Fox is going to go ahead with a live action adaptation of the much loved anime from Shinichiro Watanabe, Cowboy Bebop. And yes, Keanu Reeves will take the role of Spike Spiegel. You'll remember our collective gnashing of teeth in December.
As far as Hollywood people involved there is no director set for the project but Reeves' manager, Erwin Stoff, will be producing with 3 Arts. The script is in the hands of a short film director Peter Craig.
Now, here is where our hope lies folks. Sunrise president Kenji Uchida, the TV series' director of animation, Shinichiro Watanabe, and series writer Keiko Nobumoto will serve as associate producers. Series producer Masahiko Minami will serve as production consultant. This doesn't mean that I, myself, am breathing any easier but I'm not doing it into a paper bag anymore. Having some of the masterminds from the original project may just help retain of the charm and hip coolness of the anime. Fingers, toes and eyes are crossed.