Adapting anime to live-action usually doesn’t go very well, and when the target is what many consider one of the greatest anime of all time, the end result can’t help but disappoint, right? Call us kooky, but we DO see promise in Netflix’s upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop series. Mind, we haven’t seen a single frame of the show, nor has anyone else outside of Netflix HQ. But it has the right ingredients.
Spike, Jet and Faye have been cast to perfection: John Cho is playing the messy-haired protagonist, Mustafa Shakir is playing the bionic-armed, usually angry ship captain and Daniella Pineda is playing the aloof vixen out of time who is constantly getting into trouble of her own making. As for who’s playing Ed….or if Ed is even in this show…you tell us. It feels like we would have heard about Ed by now if she were to show up.
One thing often cited about the Cowboy Bebop anime is its incredible soundtrack, and in this case, Netflix knows not to mess with perfection…they re-hired the original music composer, Yoko Kanno, to make the tunes for this one as well. The reveal was made during the first teaser for the show, which N released this week:
Yoko Kanno, the composer behind the iconic soundtrack of the original COWBOY BEBOP anime will be creating the soundtrack for the new Live Action Series. Also confirmed…Cowboy Bebop is coming this Fall. #GeekedWeekpic.twitter.com/6lHZQcoFR6
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) June 8, 2021
That’s also the first mention of a release window: it should be out this fall after many delays. Ten episodes have been ordered, but it’s unknown if this is a miniseries or the first season of several.