Netflix is turning Cowboy Bebop into a new live action series.
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 rag-tag 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.
The hit Japanese anime first debuted back in 1998, directed by Shinichirō Watanabe and written by Keiko Nobumoto. The Western, sci-fi noir went on to become one of the most acclaimed anime ever made, spawning British dubs, two manga series and a film, and is regarded as one of the main gateways to anime for international audiences.
“Worthy of a place in the pantheon of Firefly and Star Trek,” is how we described in our review of the series, which is available in full on Netflix UK.
Now, Netflix is adapting the anime into a live action series. A co-production with Tomorrow Studios (a partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios), Netflix will handle physical production, with Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio aboard as exec-producers and showrunners. Also attached as Executive Producers are Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios (Snowpiercer, Good Behavior), Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc; Tetsu Fujimura and Matthew Weinberg, plus Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok), who will write the first episode.
Netflix has ordered 10 episodes in total, with Watanabe to serve as a consultant on the project.