If you thought Netflix was done making late night anime announcements after Monday night, you thought wrong. When no one was looking Tuesday evening, they went and announced they’d be making a live-action adaptation of the much beloved 90’s show, Cowboy Bebop.
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) November 28, 2018
While that’s not a ton to go on, thankfully Deadline has a piece casting more light on the announcement. The new series is set for 10 episode and will be co-produced by Sunshine, who was behind the anime version. Serving as showrunners and executive producers will are Midnight Radio. The group is comprised of Josh Appelbaum & Andre Nemec (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), as well as Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg (Venom). Christopher Yost who penned the two Thor sequels is on board to at least write the first episode.
Cowboy Bebop originally ran for 26 episodes and one movie. The show followed the adventures of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Ed and a super-genius Welsh Corgi, Ein. In 2017, aboard the spaceship Bebop, the crew of bounty hunters survive score to score. All while trying to avoid pasts desperate to catch up with the. Bebop was known for mixing a variety of styles and genres together, was well as featuring rich character development. Not to mention a glorious jazz influenced score from Yoko Kanno.
What differentiates this move from the announced original anime shows Monday, is a sense of authentic voice. That’s not a necessity, but a point that may have to be addressed in the future. After all, we’re still not too far removed from the Ghost in the Shell movie and the derision that accompanied it. Given the works of the team at Midnight Radio, this hopefully something they keep in mind. They’ve made initial good stride by including Bebop’s original director, Shinichiro Watanabe (Samurai Champloo), as a consultant. There’s currently no word on who will direct and star in the adaptation. With the money Netflix tends to throw at original content, it shouldn’t be too difficult to attract a ton of talent.
Are you excited for a live action take on Cowboy Bebop? Do you think having Watanabe contributing in a small capacity helps? What’s your favorite episode of the show? Would you prefer they use pieces of Kanno’s music in the new show? Let us know what you think in the comments. As this is very early on in the process, more news is sure to trickle out. As soon as it becomes available, we’ll update you. In the meantime, the original run can be watched on Hulu.