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WIRE Buzz: Cowboy Bebop goes vinyl; Netflix steps Beyond Good & Evil; Lore Olympus returns
Milan Records is releasing the Cowboy Bebop (Original Series Soundtrack), a double LP of the anime cult classic’s jazz-infused soundtrack, making this the first time that a vinyl edition of the show’s soundtrack will be available for purchase outside of Japan.
The soundtrack is comprised of 22 songs — including the iconic theme tune, “Tank!” — all of which are performed by the Seatbelts, a Japanese band formed by the composer Yoko Kanno (also the band's frontwoman) specifically to produce music for the series.
The album's cover will feature new and exclusive artwork designed by Toshihiro Kawamoto, a character designer and animation director on the acclaimed series, with the LPs themselves, pressed in a variety of colors — including red and purple as featured in the tweet below — with different ones exclusive to Mondo, Light in the Attic, Right Stuf, and Newbury Comics.
Created by Shinichirō Watanabe, the 26-episode series is set in 2071 and follows the adventures of Spike Spiegel (soon to be played by John Cho) and his crew of fellow bounty hunters as they travel throughout space.
The Cowboy Bebop (Original Series Soundtrack) vinyl comes out on Nov. 6, but it's available for preorder starting Aug. 6 from Milan Records.
Looks like Netflix will be going Beyond Good & Evil for its next big movie project.
The streamer will be adapting the popular Ubisoft video game into a movie using a blend of animation and live action. Rob Letterman (Detective Pikachu, Goosebumps) is set to direct. No screenwriter is currently attached to the project.
Beyond Good & Evil is set in the 25th century and tells the story of Jade, a photojournalist who teams up with the underground resistance (as well as an anthropomorphized fighting pig) to fight back against the alien attackers who invade the remote mining planet she lives on.
The game, which was considered somewhat of a commercial failure initially, despite being released to critical acclaim, has since gone on to develop a cult following, with Ubisoft even surprising fans with news of an as-yet-unreleased prequel a few years ago.
Ubisoft Film & Television's Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin will produce the film.
The underworld will be opening its doors once more, with Lore Olympus back for its second "season" following a recent hiatus.
Published on Webtoon, the popular Eisner-nominated webcomic is a modernized retelling of the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone — as well as a few others mixed in — and is entirely written and drawn by creator Rachel Smythe.
Since its launch on the comic publisher's platform in March 2018, Lore Olympus has gone on to gain a large fan following, and is currently the most popular series on the platform, bringing in more than a million hits per "episode."
Webtoon has also partnered up with The Jim Henson Company to develop a YA animated show based on the comic, though there's been no update as to what service it will premiere on, or how far into production the show is.
Lore Olympus Season 2 kicks off Aug.1 on Webtoon.