Cowboy Bebop Is Getting an American, Live-Action TV Series

Carla Harmon
June 7, 2017

This is probably why all attempts at a live-action Cowboy Bebop movie have failed to gain traction (the last proposal would have starred Keanu as Spike).


Thor: Ragnarok writer Chris Yost is set to adapt a live-action version of 90s anime show Cowboy Bebop for Tomorrow Studios.


The adaptation is set to be executively produced by Sunrise Inc., the original creators of the 1998 anime. Following the adventures of Spike Spiegel and his crew of bounty hunters ("Cowboys") as they seek to rid the galaxy of the worst criminals, make a tidy profit and try not to cause too much damage, the series would go on to receive worldwide acclaim and be recognized for helping introduce a new generation of Western viewers to anime. The action and plot twists present in Cowboy Bebop are considered high-points of anime storytelling, and its exploration of themes like loneliness and existentialism are what pushed the show to its global success. Perhaps keeping the scope and budget limited to the small screen will work out in favor of Cowboy Bebop, or perhaps the show will continue the trend of disappointment that continues to suggest that anime is best suited to remain a hand-drawn affair. This motely lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. Among the crew is the cool and collected Spike, pilot Jet, femme fatale Faye, hacker Ed and Welsh corgi Ein. The former studio is a joint venture of Marty Adelstein with ITV Studios. Some fans of the Cowboy Bebop anime have even already drawn comparisons to cult-classic Firefly because of its space western themes, and a few others remain cautiously optimistic.


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