Netflix Announces Live-Action COWBOY BEBOP Series Adaptation

Fans of anime, rejoice! The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners, Cowboy Bebop, will once again be adapted as a series, this time as a live-action project, for Netflix.

Spike Spiegel and his band of misfits, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Edward (and Data Dog), will be getting the band back together for the first time since the original series aired in 1998-99, but was most-recently a full animated feature film in 2001, as well, in Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.

Based on the worldwide phenomenon, via Sunrise Inc., the story follows The Space Cowboy and his crew, a radical group of bounty hunters, who are all collectively on the hunt for the solar system’s most-dangerous criminal elite, while also on the run from themselves.

The series announcement continues a trend by the streaming giant in bringing to life fan-favorite Japanese anime, but also in providing exclusive animated series as Netflix Originals as well.

As of right now, there is no casting news and no set-date for production to begin, but it was announced that the first season will run 10 episodes. Executive producers include Marty Adelstein, producer of the upcoming Hanna series, and Becky Clements, who served as producer on Last Man Standing. Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok writer Christopher Yost will be penning the project, while Shin’ichiro Watanabe, the original anime director, will be serving as a consultant on the upcoming series.

Click HERE for the official Netflix press release for the upcoming series.

What do you think, is the world ready for a live-action Cowboy Bebop? Who do you hope is cast for this series? What other anime projects would you like to see brought to life? Let us know in the comments section below.

By Michael Stagno

Michael is a New England native and fluent in Italian. He graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism (RTVF) from Auburn University. He is a BIG fan of the Boston sports scene, X-Men and X-Force. He loves his black lab (named Yaz), pop culture, science, space and gaming. He's also a crossfitter, paddleboarder, and marathoner.

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