Netflix Orders Live Action Cowboy Bebop Adaptation

by Erik Amaya

 

See you soon, space cowboy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has ordered a live action adaptation of the beloved anime series Cowboy Bebop. The 10-episode series will see Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Fay Valentine and Radical Ed once again hunting bounties while fleeing from their pasts. Presumably Spike’s will get the lion’s share of attention in this new iteration.

Debuting in 1998, Cowboy Bebop came to the United States just as interest in Japanese animation was boiling over from its niche beginnings in the 1980s to the major business it is today. With its jazz soundtrack, limited run and cutting edge style, the show became a hit on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block and led to many new fans seeking out more anime. The mix of sci-fi trappings and 1940s gangster tropes also inspired Joss Whedon to mash genres with 2001’s Firefly.

Thor: Ragnarok‘s Christopher Yost will write the first episode and original series director Shinichiro Watanabe will serve as a consultant. Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg will be the program’s executive producers and showrunners.

It is unclear how quickly the show will get into production, but considering the swiftness with which we saw photos from The Witcher, it could happen quite quickly.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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