Hooray! (FINALLY!) I have been recently considering writing an article about the state of science fiction these days in movie and TV and how its lacking in what I as a fan am looking for lately. That is more depictions of outer space action adventures including cool stuff like robots, spaceships, etc., all against the backdrop of an enjoyable representation of life in the future on an alien planet(s), a spacecraft, or both. Now the answer arrives in the form of a single series
As a tremendously enthused fan of the neo-noir, action-adventure, science fiction anime gem that is Cowboy Bebop, it’s difficult to say how thrilled, excited, and neurotically anxious I am at the news that a live-action adaptation of the beloved anime Cowboy Bebop is coming to Netflix. The anxiety, of course, comes from the possibility of all the things that can go wrong. meaning it will not get done well and turn one of the best anime productions ever into an unrecognizable mess.
The streaming service announced the news late last night with a video, and Variety confirms the show has been in the works since last year, with Netflix ordering ten episodes. Shinichiro Watanabe, who directed the original anime, is serving as a consultant on the project, which boasts a bevy of genre-friendly executive producers that includes Zoo‘s quartet of creators Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg alongside Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc., the studio that created the original series. Tomorrow Studios is co-producing the project with Netflix, with Tomorrow’s Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements onboard as executive producers.
The original Japanese anime series launched in 1998 and took place in the year 2071, chronicling the lives of a bounty hunter crew hunting down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. The series ran for 26 episodes but enjoyed a long shelf-life, subsequently airing on Adult Swim in the U.S. An anime film adaptation was released in Japan in 2001 and the U.S. in 2003, and a decade ago Hollywood came calling and began trying to adapt Cowboy Bebop into a big studio movie. It’s encouraging to see western producers are finally catching on to the wealth of excellent genre material available in anime and manga.
Fingers crossed on this one. No air date has been announced.