Cowboy Bebop Live Action Show Landing on Netflix
See you soon, space cowboy.
By M.T. Bates
In the world of broader geek news, it was announced yesterday that Cowboy Bebop, a personal favorite show of mine and plenty of others, would be coming home to Netflix in live-action form for a 10-episode run. While more episodes could be ordered after the show makes its premiere, it is worth noting that the original show only ran for a total of 26 episodes.
Details are scarce at the moment but original director Shinichiro Watanabe is apparently being attached to the show as a consultant. Tomorrow Studios is co-producing the show and it is being reported that Chris Yost of Thor: Ragnarok fame is writing the first episode.
Some fans might be a little apprehensive about this, considering one of the last Netflix anime based live action shows, Death Note, did not do so well. However, this show is important to a great deal of people, so it stands to reason they will treat it right and put out a quality product.
Cowboy Bebop follows a pair of space bounty hunters, Spike and Jet, as they travel the cosmos in search of bounties to capture and return for a reward. They are mainly stationed on their ship, the Bebop, and are eventually joined by the charismatic con artist, Faye, and Edward, the quirky girl with legendary hacking skills, along with perhaps one of the most loved characters on the show, a Pembroke Welsh corgi named Ein, who was the result of genetically engineered experiments.
The group travels the stars and, for one reason or another, keep getting into trouble that leaves them broke. Eventually, the past catches up to them as the show progresses and it becomes seriously heavy, which is a far cry from the whimsical and fun beginning the show leads with.
As a long-time fan of the series and an advocate of the show staying finished (a lot of fans begged the creator to revisit the show and do more episodes but he knew he told the story he wanted to tell already), I am looking forward to what Netflix can do with these characters. If successful, they need to look towards one of my other all-time favorite anime shows for a live action revival in Trigun.
What are your thoughts of the crew of the Bebop coming to live action? Have any fan castings? Let’s hear them below. Until next time, catch you later, space cowboy.