Get ready, space cowboys. A live-action Cowboy Bebop series is officially happening.
Netflix announced late Tuesday that it has greenlit a 10-episode series based on the popular anime, which celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this year. The new series will be a joint production of Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, with Netflix taking on the actual physical production of the project.
Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok) is set as an executive producer, and will write the first episode. And, perhaps most importantly for fans of the original series, director Shinichiro Watanabe is on board as a consultant.
Here's the official synopsis:
"Based on the worldwide phenomenon from Sunrise Inc., Cowboy Bebop is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed: a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll even save the world…for the right price."
Word that Cowboy Bebop might be heading for live action first arrived about 18 months ago, when Tomorrow Studios and Midnight Radio first revealed they were planning a U.S. production of the franchise with Yost on board to script. Now all of those parties have made that a reality with Netflix in their corner, as the streaming giant adds yet another beloved genre property to a growing slate that already includes well-received revivals of old favorites like Voltron and, most recently, She-Ra.
Cowboy Bebop is one of the most beloved anime series and one of the most beloved sci-fi series of its era, full stop. It's an anime series that even people who aren't into anime have come to love and appreciate for its storytelling, character building, and iconic visual style. If this live-action version doesn't manage to stick the landing (and there are quite a few live-action anime remakes that haven't), quite a few people will be disappointed, to put it mildly. So there's a lot riding on this.
The live-action Cowboy Bebop series does not yet have an official release date. We'll update you as we learn more.