… to ruin and fubar beloved source material completely and totally.
Japan did some pretty good Kenshin movie, fucked up Attack on Titan, and then Hollywood totally misunderstood the holy grail of anime franchises, Ghost in the Shell and produced a plonker that raked in a huge loss at the box office. So my personal expectations for one of my alltime favourite anime series are pretty low.
I’ve never watched Deathnote but I hear it was only a mediocre anime, that Netflix fubared completely. Well, kudos for their resilience, but I hope they know what kinda jewel they hold in their hands with カウボーイビバップ Kaubōi Bibappu. It would really be an unforgiveable faux pas if they give it the usual don’t care, don’t wanna know treatment.
Let’s ask Ein if he thinks Cowboy Bebop should get a live action remake:
Yeah, and who or what would star as Ein, Radical Edward’s genius dog?
Hey, the whole concept, the rag tag crew, the characters, the struggle, the antagonists, the atmosphere, the space ships and planets, it’s all so detailed, so rich and lovely. And melancholic for a good portion. Also the anime knows when to take the foot off the pedal and slow down the manic pace. It was done so very well in the anime, everybody agrees that it can’t be recreated in a real life film studio. So why do those greedy half-wit H-wood comedians try it and fail again and again?
I have a bad feeling about this.
Know what would be much better, and – for various reasons – could actually work: Black Lagoon! Legendary oldstyle anime, loved by everybody, playing out in imaginative south-east Asian island town of Roanapur, on planet earth of today … Hawaii could be a practical cost-saving stand-in, a not too huge cast, shady, atmospheric, brutal, criminal … imagine a Magnum PI for adults, just as cheesy, stereotype, non-PC, with a more sexy, multiracial cast and lots of fun. Hey, if you’re a movie producer just contact me, I could deliver a first treatment in, say, 10 workdays. Call me any time, day and night. Or, no, I’m not stupid and hand out my telephone number on the internet. But you know how to find my email.
Anyhoo, this is very realistic to produce with only a modicum of production budget and some cheap new sexy faces of Whitey, Sino-American and Japanese actors. Gimme an old PT boat, a run-down dock, some shady watering holes and we get the show rolling.