Cowboy Bebop is basically a sci-fi series infused with elements of noir and western genre, set in the year 2071 which follows the life of a bounty hunter named Spike and his ragtag crew touring in their spaceship called Bebop and chasing down criminals across the galaxy. Back in 1998, the series acted as a ‘gateway’ to the world of anime for the western audience.
The superfluid fight scenes, insane grab-bag soundtrack, super cool references, and badass characters helped the series stand the test of time gracefully. The space bounty hunting antics is hailed as a masterpiece and to many, it is one of the greatest anime of all time.
In 2018, Netflix announced a live-action series adaptation of the popular anime Cowboy Bebop and the production began in 2019. Initially, the live-action series was set to release in 2020. Things didn’t go as planned and the actor playing the main lead got into a knee injury and the filming halted which was further extended by the unforeseen coronavirus pandemic. However, following multiple delays, the series wrapped up filming in March this year.
During Geeked Week Livestream Netflix has announced that the long-awaited live-action series of Cowboy Bebop is coming to the streaimg service in Fall 2021. Netflix has also dropped the first teaser for the same. Judging by the teaser which features ‘Tank’ in the background and the live-action stars, it seems like they could be using the original opening in the series.
Team Behind Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop
Netflix’s live-action take of Cowboy Bebop is driven by a solid team of writers and producers. Even staff members from the original 1998 anime are also on the team. The director of the original anime, Shinichiro Watanabe will be the show’s creative consultant. The studio behind the original will be involved in the live-action series, Yasuo Miyakawa and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc. will act as executive producers. The series is being developed by producers Andre Nemec (Ninja turtles), Scott Rosenberg (Venom), Josh Appelbaum (Without Remorse), and Jeff Pinkner (Jumanji Sequel).
Netflix and Tomorrow Studios are co-producing the adaptation. The crew includes Christopher Yost as one of the screenwriters (Thor: Ragnarok). Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman). It has now been confirmed that composer Yoko Kanno will be composing the soundtrack for the show. As the anime is pretty popular for its jazzy soundtrack so, it is pretty awesome to hear that an iconic soundtrack is promised for sure.
Netflix has stated, “Based on the worldwide phenomenon from Sunrise Inc., Cowboy Bebop is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Radical Ed: a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll even save the world…..for the right price.”
The Cast of Live-Action Cowboy Bebop
There is a pretty big list of confirmed cast members. For Spike Spiegel, John Cho (Star Trek) will be playing our main lead. Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage) will be playing our captain, Jet Black and Daniella Pineda (The Originals) is starting as our favorite Faye Valentine. The series also stars Alex Hassell (The Boys) as Spike’s rival Vicious. We also have Elena Satine (Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D) starring as Spike’s love interest, Julia.
The first season of Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop will have ten episodes and each episode will be about an hour-long, the show will also follow the same premise as the original anime. Executive producer Pinkner said, “project’s one hour- episode length allows them to really tell stories set in that world in a way that hopefully will not only delight the fans of anime but expose a whole bunch of new people to the world of Cowboy Bebop, the awesome world of Yoko Kanno.”
We can see the cast jamming to ‘Tank’ in the latest teaser and John’s lush locks have been approved by the fanbase. What are your thoughts on his hair, let us know in the comment section below.