Netflix announces Cowboy Bebop live-action adaptation


Cowboy Bebop is getting a whole new look, thanks to Netflix.

Netflix announced on Tuesday that it will be producing a live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop. Based on the original 1998 Japanese show that garnered a cult following, the new 10-episode show will be led by a slew of great showrunners.

Writer and executive producer Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok) will tackle the first episode. Andrew Nemec and Josh Appelbaum (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Jeff Pinkner (Fringe) and Scott Rosenberg (Knightfall) will all join Yost.

For what to expect, it’s best to turn to the official description, per Entertainment Weekly: “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 ragtag 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.”

No casting or premiere date is out yet, but rest assured fans of the original show, Sunrise is signed on as executive producers to keep an eye on their baby. They will be represented by Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki. Original series director Shinichiro Watanabe is also signed on as a consultant.

Joining them to make the show happen is the Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios joint venture, Tomorrow Studios. Adelstein and Becky Clements will serve as executive producers from Tomorrow Studios.

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The announcement comes as just one part of a larger anime rollout from Netflix in 2019. The streaming service dropped a few first look trailers for Ultraman, Rilakkuma and Kaoru, and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Evangelion is from 1996, but spring 2019 will mark the first time it has been available for streaming worldwide.

For those interested in checking out the original Cowboy Bebop series (trailer below) to gear up for the adaptation, all 26 original episodes are currently streaming on Hulu.

Any Cowboy Bebop fans out there? What are you excited (or worried) about with this live-action take? Let us know in the comments.