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'See you, Space Cowboy': Writer/producer for live-action Cowboy Bebop laments cancellation

Executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach said the team ‘had so much cool s*** planned’ for Season 2

By James Comtois

So long, live-action Cowboy Bebop. Or if you prefer: See you, Space Cowboy. We hardly knew ye. Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the enormously popular anime was canceled mere weeks after its first season dropped on the streaming platform. Which, according to co-executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, is a shame, since they had so much more planned. 

Perhaps in the denial stage of grief, Grillo-Marxuach, who wrote Episode 8, tweeted Thursday that the writers “had so much cool s–t planned for s[eason ]2.” 

This is something members of the creative team have said before. During the show’s red carpet premiere, series showrunner André Nemec said that he and the creative team “definitely know where we want to go, and I’m excited that we get to tell those stories. Fingers crossed that we get more Cowboy Bebop.”

But alas, it was just not meant to be. Despite showing some promise with that cool retro trailer and fans excited about John Cho starring in the lead role as intergalactic bounty hunter Spike Spiegel, the reviews wound up being...not great, once the series premiered on Netflix. 

Grillo-Marxuach also tweeted that he “truly loved working on this. it came from a real and pure place of respect and affection,” before adding: “I wish we could make what we planned for a second season, but you know what they say, men plan, god laughs. see you space cowboy...”

Based on the anime from the 1990s, the show centered around Spike traveling through space, hunting down fugitive criminals and collecting the bounties for them. Mustafa Shakir starred as Spike’s partner Jet Black, and Daniella Pineda played fellow hunter Faye Valentine. Alex Hassell portrayed Spike’s nemesis Vicious, while Elena Satine played Julia, Spike’s lost love.

The original animated Cowboy Bebop series ran for 26 episodes and a movie. The new live-action version on Netflix is apparently stopping at 10. But on the bright side, all 36 episodes of the series, animated and live-action, are now available to stream on Netflix.