Everyone can stop holding their breath for the live action adaptation of the anime series Cowboy Bebop. Keanu Reeves, who is presently slated to play Spike, recently told MTV that as scripted right now the film would cost half a billion dollars. Apparently the execs at Fox aren't too pumped on that number.
Keanu, while sounding excited about the project, realizes that no studio is about to front half a billion dollars for a film about anything. The script by Peter Craig is going to have to get rewritten. Even James Cameron couldn't get that kind of dough (though the final tally for his Avatar budget has yet to be released). Here's a video of Keanu talking about the film:
There are a lot of people out there would like to see the role of Spike go to a different actor altogether, which could happen. If it takes too long for this script to meet studio approval Keanu could be too old. In fact, many fans would say he's already too old.
What are your thoughts? Should the studio put up or shut up? What kind of sacrifices are going to be made to the story in order to help the bottom line?