Fox eyes Keanu Reeves to star in a Cowboy Bebop movie

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Twentieth Century Fox is bringing the Japanese anime TV series Cowboy Bebop to the big screen, with The Day the Earth Stood Still star Keanu Reeves attached to star as a bounty hunter traveling through space in 2071, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

One of the big titles in anime, Bebop is set in a time where "astral gates" make interstellar travel possible. Humanity, decimated by a lunar explosion resulting from a gate accident, spread out across the solar system, as did crime, which gave rise to the use of bounty hunters.

Reeves would play Spike Spiegel, a bounty hunter and former member of a crime syndicate. Spiegel, along with Jet Black, a fellow bounty hunter and former cop, are the two pilots of the spaceship Bebop. Peter Craig is writing the script.

The show, which first aired on Tokyo TV and on satellite broadcaster Wowow during the late 1990s, was strongly influenced by American music, even featuring action sequences—both space battles and mano a mano—timed to U.S. melodies.