Netflix has given a 10-episode series order to a live-action adaptation of cult Japanese anime, Cowboy Bebop.
Written and executive produced by Chris Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) and based on the worldwide phenomenon, Cowboy Bebop is a jazz-inspired, genre-twisting tale of a rag-tag group of bounty hunters – Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Radical Ed – who are on the run from their past as they endeavour to hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals.
The series is a co-production between Tomorrow Studios (Marty Adelstein’s joint venture with ITV Studios) and Netflix, with the latter handling the physical production of the show.
Cowboy Bebop is considered to be one of the best anime series, producing 26 episodes which aired in Japan from 1998 to 1999. It has won several awards over the years, and is credited with introducing anime to a new Western audience when it aired on Adult Swim in the US.
Tomorrow Studios also has another TV adaptation in the works – a US version of the South Korean film Snowpiercer, which was picked up for series at TNT. The company is also developing other anime titles. Netflix has also announced that they are developing a major original anime slate expansion with new series and renewals.
More on Cowboy Bebop when we have it.