Reeves said that Cowboy Bebop‘s “Western film noir aspect, […] that kind of Old West, bordertown, low-tech science fiction aspect” attracted him to the project. He added that Stoff and the development team have already hired a writer who is penning a scene outline. Right now, the outline includes a drug, developed by the military ( Hell no, it was the fridge, not the military! 😛 ), that is partially based on an element from the anime. Reeves explained, “We’re taking the Red Eye [story], the beginning part of the series.” He acknowledged that the episodic nature of the story will be difficult to adapt into a feature-length work: “[…] It’s got so much of an origin-story obligation; you’ve got to get people up to speed, but you don’t want to do much of that. There are a lot of things to take into consideration, but we think we can do something good.”
Source: Keanu Reeves Hopes to Star in Live-Action Cowboy Bebop (ANN)
Keanu Reeves will play one of a band of 18th-century Japanese samurai who avenge the honour of their slain master in the period epic 47 Ronin, according to Variety.
The screenplay, which is being penned by Wanted writer Chris Morgan, is based on a true story that has become legend in Japan, hymning loyalty, sacrifice, persistence and honour; the samurai waited a year before they mounted their attack on December 14 1702, turned themselves in after the deed was done and were then forced to commit ritual suicide for the murder.
The tale of the 47 ronin has been described by one noted Japanese scholar as the country’s national legend and is perhaps the most famous case to involve the samurai code of honour, bushido. Chushingura, or Treasury of Loyal Retainers, a 1748 play by Takeda Izumo based on the story, has been adapted for the big screen on six separate occasions in Japan. Western audiences will probably be most familiar with Hiroshi Inagaki’s 1962 version, released in the US as 47 Samurai, which starred Toshiro Mifune.
Source: Keanu Reeves to play Japanese samurai in 47 Ronin (Guardian)