Live action Cowboy Bebop in the works

If you haven't seen either the Cowboy Bebop series or show, you're missing out. One of the rare spaghetti westerns set in space (a la Firefly/Serenity or Star Wars), it told the story of Spike and his crew as they live paycheck to paycheck as bounty hunters. And the show featured one of the best uses of Ave Maria I've ever seen as well, so its got that going for it. Where is this going? Well, if you read the title you know I'm going to say that a live action movie is in the works, and IF Magazine has the details. Producer Erwin Stoff mentioned recently that work is just beginning on the film. “I’m developing Cowboy Bebop for Fox, but doing it as a live-action film, so I’m working on that at the moment,” Stoff tells iF. “I’m really excited to be working on it, and it’s in the really early stages. We just signed it the other day.” “I have such an enormous admiration for its creators, that our first and foremost concern is going to be a real degree of faithfulness to the tone of the movie, to the mix of genres, and so on and so forth,” he says. “When I met with them in Japan, one of the first things that I brought up was the experience that we had on A Scanner Darkly and how hard we worked to remain faithful to Philip K. Dick, and that was our big concern here.” It seems like the movie will be relatively accessible to mainstream audiences, which I'm not really sure is a good thing or a bad thing. When asked if viewers unfamiliar with the show would have trouble catching onto the movie, Stoff was optimistic it wouldn't be a problem. “No, I really don’t think they will,” says Scoff. “I think they haven’t [gotten aboard] with the anime because it’s had limited exposure - it’s just been on Adult Swim, and so on. I think the ability to tell this larger frame - the ability to build a world that’s iconically American in its Western nature - I don’t think so at all.” So now the big question. Who will play Spike? Let the casting rumors begin to go crazy. Live action Cowboy Bebop in the works