Speaking to MTV at a recent press event, Keanu Reeves revealed a bit about the progress of the Bebop movie. The first draft of the adaptation is complete, and although described as ‘fantastic’, it was ultimately too expensive to make. It is being reworked into something a bit more producible.
“There’s a draft of the script, but the writer did such a great job [that] in order to make the movie, you would need half a billion dollars.”
However, Reeves indicated that the writer’s adherence to the galaxy-spanning adventure of the full entire series might prove a little daunting for production.
“So the studio went, ‘This movie is fantastic and it would cost half a billion dollars,” laughed Reeves, “so he’s doing a rewrite.”
“The only challenge was to make a satisfying western narrative out of the kind of storytelling that happens,” he added. “There’s a great draft, so we’re just trying to pull it back a little bit now.”