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I have a Bad Feeling About This . . . January 16, 2009

Posted by vorpalkeith in Film Thing, Life The Universe and Everything, Movie News.
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“Twentieth Century Fox is bringing the Japanese anime TV series “Cowboy Bebop” to the big screen, with Keanu Reeves attached to star as a bounty hunter traveling through space in 2071.”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i4b7a99706a1f6a077ed21921bf2d43fd

No, this isn’t me trying to bash on Keanu Reeves. I’m sure that there are plenty of people who are going to hook onto that, and if it’s your bag to do so, you probably won’t have any trouble findig it. (That said, Reeves is completely wrong for this part, but whatever).

Where I have a problem is the idea of making a live action version of Cowboy Bebop in the first place. It’s truly just not necessary. Not only was the story perfectly suited to animation, but what we have is just fine.

We live in an era where we see live-action versions of animated stories, remakes of old movies, film versions of TV shows. I’d really just like to see more original content.

Cowboy Bebop is awesome. It’s great. I love it. Why try to top something that’s already great? If they want to produce Cowboy Bebop content they should make another animated movie.

Also, another bugbear about this article.

“One of the big titles in anime, “Bebop” is set in a time where “astral gates” make interstellar travel possible.”

They do not go interstellar in Cowboy Bebop. Now, granted I don’t expect The Hollywood Reporter to give a rat’s ass about that, but this is a common mistake among science fiction writing and people should know better.

It’s not interstellar unless you leave the solar system. Interstellar means between stellar systems (or more accurately, between stars). If you are still within the same system it’s INTRAstellar. Maybe that makes me a science nerd. Maybe that makes me a grammar nerd. But I just hear that way too often.

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