On July 22, 2008, If published an article on its website regarding a rumor of a live-action Cowboy Bebop movie in development by 20th Century Fox. Producer Erwin Stoff said that the film's development was in the early stages, and that they had "just signed it".[1][2] Keanu Reeves was to play the role of Spike Spiegel.[3][4] Variety confirmed on January 15, 2009, that production company Sunrise would be "closely involved with the development of the English language project". The site also confirmed Kenji Uchida, Shinichiro Watanabe, and series writer Keiko Nobumoto as associate producers, series producer Masahiko Minami as a production consultant, and Peter Craig as screenwriter. This was lauded by various sources as a promising move for the potential quality of the film.[5] At the time it was slated to release in 2011, but problems with the budget delayed its production. The submitted script was sent back for rewrite to reduce the cost and little has been heard about it since an interview with producer Joshua Long on October 15, 2010;[6] the project currently languishes in development hell. On May 31, 2013, Watanabe stated that the film is currently "underway" but the "details are a secret."[7] On October 20, 2013 Reeves stated "Cowboy Bebop does not look like it is going to happen with me in it [...]" in a reddit IAmA.[8] June 6th, 2017 new information appeared online that a live-action movie is in progress.