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Netflix Acquires Live-Action Cowboy Bebop TV Series


All we need is a Yoko Kanno soundtrack and Keanu as Spike, and we’ll be back in the mid-oughts again!

On November 27, Netflix announced that they acquired the live-action Cowboy Bebop TV series. The publisher took to Twitter to announce the title with a 15-second teaser. You can check this out below:

The project is a joint production between Netflix and Tomorrow Studios. Chris Yost (Thor: Ragnarok, Max Steel) is writing the adaptation, while series creator Shinichiro Watanabe will serve as a consultant.

Cowboy Bebop Key VisualThe series was originally announced in the pages of Variety in June 2017. At the time, they reported that Japanese Studio Sunrise, who created the original anime series, are attached as executive producers. Midnight Radio, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, and Matthew Weinberg are also attached as executive producers on the project.

Tomorrow Studios is a partnership between ITV Studios and Marty Adelstein. Midnight Radio is a collective, which consists of Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg.

Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 series from studio Sunrise. Shinichirō Watanabe (Space Dandy, Samurai Champloo) directed the project, which featured character designs by Toshihiro Kawamoto (Blood Blockade Battlefront, Wolf’s Rain). Keiko Nobumoto (Tokyo Godfathers, Macross Plus) was in charge of series composition.

Yoko Kanno (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Macross Frontier, Space Dandy) scored the show’s soundtrack.

Cowboy Bebop Blu-Ray BoxartBandai Entertainment originally released the title in North America on VHS and DVD. Cowboy Bebop was the first anime title to air on Adult Swim in the United States, and has aired numerous times since that initial broadcast. Though Bandai closed its doors in 2012, the show has since been rescued by Funimation. They describe Cowboy Bebop as:

The Bebop crew is just trying to make a buck. This motley lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. Spike is a hero whose cool facade hides a dark and deadly past. The pilot Jet is a bruiser of a brute who can’t wait to collect the next bounty. Faye Valentine is a femme fatale prone to breaking hearts and separating fools from their money. Along for the ride are the brilliant-but-weird hacker Ed and a super-genius Welsh Corgi named Ein.

On their own, any one of them would be likely to get lost in the sprawl of space, but together, they’re the most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071.

Funimation currently offers Cowboy Bebop on several streaming services, including FunimationNow and Hulu.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Twitter (NXOnNetflix)

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Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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