Since 2008, it has been rumored that a live-action film adaptation of Cowboy Bebop has been in development over at 20th Century Fox. But now, Tomorrow Studios is developing a live-action adaptation for the small screen. Producer Marty Adelstein (Prison Break; The Last Man Standing) and Becky Clements from Tomorrow Studios will head the project as executive producers along with the folks at Midnight Radio (Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg) as well as the anime’s original studio Sunrise and Matthew Weinberg.
Adelstein stated the following:
“We are excited to work with Sunrise in bringing this beloved anime to the U.S. and global marketplace as a live-action series. 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.”
Those unfamiliar with the cult classic space Western anime series will meet Spike Spiegel and his crew of bounty hunters aboard the Bebop as they roam the stars trying to pay their bills while not getting killed in the process. Throughout the series our cowboys will encounter enemies from Spike’s previous life from the infamous Red Dragon crime syndicate. Did I forget to mention they own a pet corgi named Ein?
The live-action series will be written by Chris Yost, whose recent credits include Marvel Studios’s Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok. The original Cowboy Bebop anime was directed by Shinichirō Watanabe (Samurai Champloo) and written by Keiko Nobumoto. Bebop had a 26-episode run from 1998-1999 and is considered one of the greatest anime series to have ever existed.
Here is the original opening title sequence from the anime that should give a good feeling of what we can expect to come, hopefully:
In addition to their venture into the live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop, Tomorrow Studios also has another pilot lined up for TNT, which will be an adaptation of the South Korean film Snowpiercer by Bong Joon-ho (Mother; Okja; The Host).
Will you be jamming out to this new live-action series?