Netflix Is Creating a Live-Action Version of 'Cowboy Bebop'

The streaming service is attempting to remake one of the best anime series of all time.

Cowboy Bebop live action

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Cowboy Bebop live action

Twenty years after its debut, Netflix announced its plans to release a live-action version of the beloved anime series Cowboy Bebop. The streaming giant is taking on a 10 episode run of the reboot, in co-production with Tomorrow Studios.

Cowboy Bebop first aired in 1998, introducing viewers to a group of bounty hunters aboard their titular spaceship and set in the year 2071. To this day it’s hailed as one of the best anime series of all time, and as the first to air on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim program, it became a gateway to the genre for a generation of Western viewers. So it's no surprise fans are a little skeptical of this remake (especially considering how badly they f-ed up Ghost in the Shell and Death Note). 

But others are definitely still excited, as long as Netflix appropriately casts the roles. 

According to The Verge, Netflix is bringing on original director Shinichiro Watanabe as a consultant, and three other producers from the original series will be involved as well, so there is hope this reboot could turn out alright. Thor: Ragnarok writer Christopher Yost will be penning the first episode. So far, no release date has been set for the series. 

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