This could be good or bad. I’m a big fan of the Cowboy Bebop anime series so word that a live action American-made film based on the series is intriguing and worrying at the same time. Veteran producer Erwin Stoff and FOX just signed the deal a short while ago and Stoff promises they’ll stay faithful to the series:
Stoff goes on to explain his enthusiasm for the project and their attempts to remain faithful. “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. 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.” Don’t get confused, this does not mean that they’re going for a similar animated look like A Scanner Darkly, as he explicitly said that it’s going to be live-action.
It seems there’s going to be a lot of live-action American-produced anime films coming down the pike. Dragonball Z is already well into production (not that I have any interest in it) and word has it that we can expect to see Ghost in the Shell and Akira in the not too distant future. It remains to be seen if these titles will make the transition to live action and an American interpretation intact, but Dragonball Z is looking pretty fucking cheezy so far.