Earlier this week Netflix announced that they would be expanding their anime library in 2019 with the addition of some classic shows including Neon Genesis Evangelion. But they also had another big surprise in store for anime fans, one that is sure to be somewhat divisive: they are developing a live-action series based on Shinichiro Watanabe’s highly influential 1998 series Cowboy Bebop. A live-action movie had been talked about for years with Keanu Reeves once rumoured for the lead role, but budget issues supposedly killed it. Hit the jump to find out what we know about the new adaptation.
According to Variety, Netflix has placed a 10 episode order for a live-action Cowboy Bebop series. The project is set up at Tomorrow Studios, who are also developing shows based on Snowpiercer, Hanna and Let the Right One In, among other things. Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) is writing while original anime director Shinichiro Watanabe is involved as a consultant.
The original anime series ran for just 26 episodes and follows a ragtag crew of bounty hunters aboard a spaceship in the year 2071. It is known for drawing from many different genres including sci-fi, western and film noir. Although Netflix’s recent live-action adaptation of Death Note wasn’t all that well received, the fact that this is a series instead of a movie seems to be a good thing. They are also developing a new live-action series based on Avatar: The Last Airbender as well. Do you have high hopes for a live-action version of Cowboy Bebop?