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There is nothing in this announcement on io9 which makes me happy:
Variety reports that Reeves will take the role of Spike Spiegel, one of the two leads in the series that followed the bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop through space in the year 2071. The movie adaptation will be written by Peter Craig, and produced by Reeves' Day The Earth Stood Still producer Erwin Stoff for the same studio, 20th Century Fox.
It had been rumored that Reeves was interested in the Bebop movie for some time, but now he's officially attached.  Not only will it be impossible for him to fulfill the role of Spike Spiegel, he's working with his long-time producer, Erwin Stoff, who's responsible for all sorts of terrible things—The Day the Earth Stood Still, I Am Legend, and Constantine to name a few recent ones.  To be fair, while it had nothing to do with the book and, in fact, reversed many of its themes, I did enjoy I Am Legend until the last half-hour or so.

Then take into account Peter Craig as the screenwriter which, if it's the one I think they mean, will merely result in everyone having daddy issues.  Then send it all to 20th Century Fox Studios, one of the worst companies in the business.  Nothing short of a miracle could make me want to see this movie.

Mind you, they will apparently be working with series creator Shinichiro Watanabe and a couple others from Sunrise, Inc., in a production capacity, which could prove to be that miracle.  That still doesn't make me very hopeful.

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sixteenbynine
Jan. 17th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
Bishamon does not approve of these shenanigans.

To put it mildly.
aekiy
Jan. 17th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
Neither does Darth Ayanami!
podisodd
Jan. 17th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
I saw that earlier today. It will suck. Horribly.
aekiy
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
It's hard to think of someway it wouldn't. This may suck even worse than the eventual live-action Ghost in the Shell film, though perhaps not as badly as Dragonball: Evolution. I still have hopes for James Cameron's 3-D Battle Angel project, should it ever actually happen.
silvaerina_tael
Jan. 17th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
*winces* There's going to be a live action Ghost in the Shell?
aekiy
Jan. 17th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, yes. It's being produced by DreamWorks, as Stephen Spielberg is apparently a fan. Here's the scoop from early last year (and the original article from Variety). I'm not happy about it, since I think so many people that aren't Stephen Spielberg could do a better job, particularly after the disaster War of the Worlds was.
silvaerina_tael
Jan. 17th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
I didn't read anything too conclusive in either of the links, rather unfortunately. Spielburg *could* do an exemplary job - if he stuck to the story as is. That he is actually talking to the original author of the manga is actually a good sign. Of course we'll know more later if that advice is actually taken up on. I just hope they (Hollywood in general) don't do to this what what they did to Earth Sea (White-washed it) and certain X-Men characters (rewrote their histories). I would loathe for this to be set in America, with "generic" actors.
aekiy
Jan. 17th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
That would be pretty crummy, yes. I didn't see anything indicating that Masamune-san would be involved at all, but that wouldn't necessarily be a loss; he can be great as a creative consultant for projects based on his works, but his original works aren't usually as good as the films and series based on them.

I'm personally more interested in seeing Ghost in the Shell 2.0.
silvaerina_tael
Jan. 18th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
I still have to watch 2nd gig...
aekiy
Jan. 18th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
2nd GIG is good, yes, and I honestly think the series is better than any of the movies, but 2.0 is actually a remake of the original 1995 film. I'm curious to see what kind of changes they've made; namely, they've revised all the animation. I'm not sure if there'll be any more to it than that.
silvaerina_tael
Jan. 18th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
Ahhh... For some reason I (obviously erroneously) thought they were the same thing... Now I'm going to have to look for that as well...
aekiy
Jan. 18th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
It looks to be shiny, and I've yet to be disappointed with Production I.G.
aekiy
Jan. 17th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
Oh! By the way, have you seen the new Atlus game, My World, My Way? It looks hilarious. Not to mention the free Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine Online port by Aerial Games, MegaTen.
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