iF Magazine (US), January 21, 2009
PRODUCER ERWIN STOFF GIVES iF THE SCOOP ABOUT THE 'COWBOY BEBOP' FLICK - IT WON'T BE AN ORIGIN MOVIE!
Plus, his ambitious new NBC TV series KINGS is set to debut on March 15
by Charlene Cheng, additional reporting by A.C. Ferrante
THE SKINNY: Last summer, iF Magazine broke the news that the classic Anime series COWBOY BEBOP was in development as a live-action feature film.
Now, iF has some more exclusive information from producer Erwin Stoff after last week's official announcement of the movie getting and greenlight and Keanu Reeves being cast as intergalactic bounty hunter Spike Spiegel.
“The truth of the matter of is, I’m not going to know anything else until there’s a script,” Stoff tells iF, “but we’d like to make it next year.”
Peter Craig is on board to pen the script, and Stoff is quick to note that the story will pick up with Spiegel already in action.
“It’s not an origin story,” says Stoff. “We start with him, when he is in his present life already.”
Many of the key people involved in the Anime series, including the series director and writer Shinichirô Watanabe. Most importantly, Stoff says, Watanabe will be involved every step of the way, since he will be an associate producer on the film alongside the anime series’ producer Kenji Uchida and show writer Keiko Nobumoto.
“First of all, we’re honoring the series,” says Stoff. “I don’t know how many people can say this, but the first thing we did was go over and meet with Watanabe. We started there. He will be the first guy to read a script when it’s done. We’ll discuss directors with him. As far as the cast goes, I can’t tell you who is going to play what, but I can’t imagine that we’re not going to have a totally multi-ethnic cast.”
Stoff has been quite busy on the genre front as of late. He produced both the mega-successful I AM LEGEND and THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL remake. And this Spring, he’s producing an ambitious new series for NBC called KINGS, directed by LEGEND helmer Francis Lawrence. A modern day “David and Goliath” story, KINGS is a modern-day take on the fable is set in an alternate, fictitious universe that's very close to our own.
The show is set to debut Sunday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m.
“It’s been a real dream and I think the time slot is fantastic,” says Stoff. “I think it acknowledges the show is a real event. In the best sense of the word, it is for an entire family. And I think it’s such a unique show, I’d much rather be kicking off a night. The show is that good I think.”
For more information about the COWBOY BEBOP movie, check out the scoop from when we broke the news about the film last July.