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Dec 18, 2008 9:37 AM

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Oh no...Not Keanu "Emotion?" Reeves. Spike has too much personality to be played by him.
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Dec 18, 2008 9:40 AM

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well you know hollywood. they will try and find a way to fuk it up. they might do a good job though, but keanu being spike might now work too well. although i cant think of anyone who could pull Spike better.
 
Dec 18, 2008 9:42 AM

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Eh...Keanu as Spike? I liked him in a couple of movies, but I can't imagine him as Spike. Oh well we don't even know if he has the role yet so there's no need to be too worried yet.
 
Dec 18, 2008 9:48 AM

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Gaaaaaaaah, I hate hate hate Keanu Reeves. Only role I've ever liked him in was Constantine.

I have to admit he does look the part. But personality? Hell no. Spike may be a bit emo and of course a badass, but he's also freakin' hilarious. I don't think Reeves can pull it off.
 
Dec 18, 2008 10:01 AM

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I guess the film will be completely diffirent to the source material, always thought Spike was meant to be cool.
 
Dec 18, 2008 10:06 AM

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Red_Zealot said:
Keanu Reeves has confirmed that he is indeed involved in the live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop. Reeves recently spoke with MTV and confirmed his involvement. Reeves shared some details on the project as well:

“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.”

“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.”

There is no official word to what role Keanu will be playing, but he hopes to play Spike Spiegel. The film is being produced by Erwin Stoff and an unannounced writer is working on a screenplay.

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Keanu Reeve also plays the movie called "the day the earth stand stood" its now showing on cinemas in cebu... :)
 
Dec 18, 2008 10:15 AM

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Spike is a multi-dimensional character. Keanu Reeves only has one setting - Super Serious Monotone.
 
Dec 18, 2008 10:25 AM

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I really don't see Spike as much more multidimensional than Keanu.

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Dec 18, 2008 11:33 AM

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The heavens have abandoned us.
 
Dec 18, 2008 11:43 AM

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All this time I've been looking forward to a Cowboy Bebop live action.

Now not so much.
 
Dec 18, 2008 11:51 AM

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That's just wrong.

 
Dec 18, 2008 11:51 AM

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Well... thats kinda weird...Lets hope he does a good job :D (and they make his hair a bit fluffier)


 
Dec 18, 2008 11:55 AM

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I suppose it was too much to ask for the overall positive attitude from the first couple of pages to stick around.

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Dec 18, 2008 12:00 PM

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I don't want Spike to turn into Ted...
I'm not very positive about it but lets see how it turns out.
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Dec 18, 2008 12:14 PM

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A live action version of Cowboy Bebop? and with Keanu as Spike???

I really do hope that they don't ruin the awesomeness of the storyline....
 
Dec 18, 2008 12:15 PM

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It could be worse.

 
Dec 18, 2008 12:20 PM

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Meh, could be far worse, could be better. We'll just have to see how he does.
 
Dec 18, 2008 12:34 PM

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I have faith in this film yet.
 
Dec 18, 2008 12:41 PM

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He has to be kidding us, i mean how the ************************** can you fit a entire series in a movie which will probably have to be like 90 minutes. And if they'd indeed take Keanu Reeves as Spike then they might as well cast Jacky Chan as Jet Lee and Hall Berry as Faye. Maybe they could find a roll for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Matt Damon as well and then it'll be a successful movie for sure...
 
Dec 18, 2008 12:44 PM

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Keanu can be a decent actor sometimes. Emphasis there is on sometimes.
If he does get to play Spike (and it is most likely he will be) then I just hope he doesn't screw him up completely. There is still that chance he wont...must...hold on...to...hope...ful...feelings.
 
Dec 18, 2008 12:52 PM

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-sigh-
 
Dec 18, 2008 12:52 PM

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Keanu should make a sufficient Spike if that is the case, the directing will be the difference in whether this live-action movie is a good adaptation or not.
 
Dec 18, 2008 1:00 PM

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Somebody towards the end of the AnimeNewsNetwork forum comments on the story mentioned that the letters in his name could be rearranged to spell Eureka Seven. Well I wanted to comment something fiercely about that because that hit me hard, but they closed the freaking comments!!!!

So, here I am begging for anyone to listen. I can't stand the fact he might want to play Spike, but for someone to suggest Holland. Well...that sent me to a whole new level of fierce contempt for any possible Spike play by him or whatever....

GRRRR
 
Dec 18, 2008 1:00 PM

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They've got to be kidding.
 
Dec 18, 2008 1:08 PM

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Scud said:
God damn it.


very true


 
Dec 18, 2008 1:20 PM

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Apologies for posting again so quickly, but I have just considered something.
Keanu is only rumoured to play Spike therefore he might not be. In which case I bet he's actually playing Faye
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Dec 18, 2008 1:21 PM

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Scud said:
God damn it.

Oh, great... *facepalm* I'm not a real fan of Keanu Reeves as an actor, with the exception of the Matrix trilogy. He's just a bit bland in my opinion, and I honestly don't think he's the right man for the job here. :\
 
Dec 18, 2008 1:23 PM

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keanu reeves?..wtf

bill and ted ftw!
 
Dec 18, 2008 1:28 PM

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Maurice said:
They better not screw this up like with the Dragon Ball film.
lol my thoughts exactly
 
Dec 18, 2008 2:04 PM

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he's actually playing Faye

A man-Faye?! D:. What happens at a convention~ please stay in a convention~ > . <

Gah gonna be weird! The music i'm severely looking forward to n_n. I wonder how Vicious is going to turn out to be..


 
Dec 18, 2008 2:17 PM

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Maurice said:
They better not screw this up like with the Dragon Ball film.


Dragonball film does not have Keanu Reeves in it, thus it already is better than any movie with Keanu Reeves in it, no matter how DB LA will look or what will be changed. :)
 
Dec 18, 2008 2:26 PM

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i love keanu...but him.. as spike....eep

 
Dec 18, 2008 2:36 PM

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....yeah...screw this movie then. He'll look the part and thats about it.

</3 Keanu.
 
Dec 18, 2008 3:22 PM

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*despair*

If Keanu Reeves plays Spike, I'm not seeing the movie. This sucks.


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Dec 18, 2008 3:40 PM

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I don't see Keanu Reeves making a good Spike. Spike is like that guy who thinks everything is a mildly funny joke until someone drinks his last beer.


Yep.. Reeves can`t do that sleepy expression that Spike has...

And I knew that they would make a movie once.. Bebop is just too epic to not go movie...
I can`t wait for it..
 
Dec 18, 2008 3:41 PM

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I will still watch this movie, but only thru renting the DVD.

Not that I'm saying that Keanu Reeves isn't perfect for this role, it's just that I have a policy of not watching Live-Action movies based off of anime in movie theaters.
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Dec 18, 2008 3:43 PM

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Jesus christ.

I guess all we can do is wait and see whether it turns out okay or not.
 
Dec 18, 2008 4:35 PM
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oh WOW. i'm excited. i really really hope they don't mess it up though. gahhh that would be terrible.
 
Dec 18, 2008 4:40 PM

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lol, hilariously bad idea. Keanu Reeves is best with the kind of characters that aren't supposed to show much emotion (like Klautu in The Day the Earth Stood Still - he was fine for that role). Spike is not at all that kind of character.
 
Dec 18, 2008 4:41 PM

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Spike by Keanu is not quite so worrisome as the possibility of "Tank!" by Dogstar.
 
Dec 18, 2008 4:48 PM

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If as a result of this movies more people will watch the original material then I'm okay with that.

Watched "The day the earth stood still" and soon I'll watch the original.

 
Dec 18, 2008 4:48 PM

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Cowboy Bebop live action? Didn't know that. o_0
 
Dec 18, 2008 4:52 PM
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Iri said:
Spike by Keanu is not quite so worrisome as the possibility of "Tank!" by Dogstar.


LOL YOU'RE TOTALLY RIGHT.
 
Dec 18, 2008 4:57 PM

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there is about a 90% chance that this movie will be total crap.

You mean 100%.




 
Dec 18, 2008 4:59 PM

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For some reason I think Keanu could pull off Spike Spiegel. I will definatley be wanting to see this ^^

Oh wait, the movie is based on the first episode? Does this mean no Faye or Edward? D:
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Dec 18, 2008 5:00 PM

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I dont have any expectation for this movie, but I will still check it when its out.
 
Dec 18, 2008 5:16 PM

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Keanu can't make Spike's facial expressions :( he can't smile going into fights like that. He would be a bad choice.
 
Dec 18, 2008 5:35 PM

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I don't want Reeves to play him. I don't think he would do a good job.
 
Dec 18, 2008 5:50 PM

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Oh, come on. Keanu Reeves couldn't even play Vicious. And unless there's the unlikely chance that Joss Whedon directs this, I'd say this franchise should make like Spike and stay dead already.

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I see another huge anime live action bomb.
 
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