'Cowboy Bebop' Live-Action Series in the Works at Tomorrow Studios
07 June, 2017, 05:15
If you are unfamiliar with Cowboy Bebop, the show was first premiered by Sunrise in Japan 1998 and ran for 26 episodes.
Cowboy Bebop is regarded as one of the most influential anime series of all time.
In a press release, Adelstein stated, "We are excited to work with Sunrise in bringing this beloved anime to the USA and global marketplace as a live-action series". Sunset Inc., who produced the original Cowboy Bebop, are producing, alongside Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Matthew Weinberg, and Midnight Radio (including Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg).
Set in 2071, the spacefaring Western follows the adventures of Spike Spiegel and his crew of bounty hunters (called Cowboys) in their attempts to hunt down the galaxy's biggest baddest criminals, traveling aboard the spaceship Bebop.
While it's good to hear that the original studio is a part of the adaptation, the writer is Chris Yost, whose best credits are Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok, amongst a slew of animated TV series like Avengers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Iron Man shows. Just from that alone, it's easy to see the potential in a live-action take on the material: the cool characters, stylized dialogue, incredible production design, and impressive action seems like an alchemy too potent to pass up. In the USA, it aired on Adult Swim. A feature-film starring Keanu Reeves almost moved into production in the late-90s/early-2000s but stalled due to budget concerns.
Shinichiro Watanabe's Cowboy Bebop is arguably the pinnacle of Japanese animated entertainment. Do you think this adaptation should be a thing?
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