Cowboy Bebop Could be Getting a Live-Action TV Adaptation
After so many American adaptations of Japanese anime over the years, all ranging from the “terrible” to “meh,” you would think we’d have learned our lesson by now. NOPE! An Akira movie is still supposedly on the way, an Americanized Death Note movie is coming to Netflix, and now studios are eyeing Cowboy Bebop again.
According to Deadline, Tomorrow Studios is developing a live-action adaptation of the cult Japanese anime series with Midnight Radio (Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg), who will executive produce with Cowboy Bebop‘s original studio, Sunrise. Chris Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) will pen the adaptation.
Cowboy Bebop is a beloved series set in various spots around our solar system — Earth, Mars, Ganymede, Venus, etc. The story follows Spike Spiegel and his group of misfit bounty hunters, as they traverse the stars to capture some of the system’s worst criminals. Now if they could stop breaking everything, the Bebop crew might actually make a profit one day.
The 26-episdoe anime series, which first aired in Japan in 1998-1999, is considered to be one of the best anime series of all time. Even though Cowboy Bebop is generally labeled as a space Western, the show’s soundtrack has a phenomenally jazzy soundtrack by Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts. It has done pretty well internationally, obtaining several anime and science fiction awards.
“We are excited to work with Sunrise in bringing this beloved anime to the U.S. and global marketplace as a live-action series,” said Marty Adelstein of Tomorrow Studios in a statement. “The animated version has long resonated with audiences worldwide, and with the continued, ever growing, popularity of anime, we believe a live action version will have an incredible impact today.”
Tomorrow Studios has another TV adaptation in the works based on the South Korean-American hybrid, Snowpiercer, which already has a pilot order at TNT.
This isn’t the first time someone in Hollywood wanted to adapt Cowboy Bebop. Back in 2009, John Wick star Keanu Reeves was hoping to make a live-action movie adaptation with him playing the lead. A script had already been written, but Hollywood felt that it was too expensive to make at the time; too risky.
So what do you all think? Do you want to see Cowboy Bebop made into a live action television show? Or should anime in general just be left alone? Let us know in the comments!