Everything We Know About Netflix's Live-Action Reboot Of Classic Anime, Cowboy Bebop
Anime used to be considered something of a sub-culture, with the fans on the periphery of social norms. While soap operas and reality TV dominated the channels and subsequent ratings, anime was confined to a selective channel, and limited to certain hours of the day.
Now, there’s been something of a resurgence in anime. Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon may have been considered household classics, but recent shows like Baki, Seven Seeds and One Punch Man have amassed a collective of fans that aren’t limited to a particular locale.
Such was the case with Cowboy Bebop, the story of a crew of “cowboy” bounty hunters in a ship called Bebop. The anime masterpiece attained a cult-like following, as fans revelled at its fusion of interplanetary science fiction, noir, and western. For the music lovers out there, it even features some sensational jazz and blues numbers in episodes, too.
Cowboy Bebop, which arrived in the States in 2001, was the first anime to ever be broadcast on Adult Swim and consequently, it’s come to be seen as one of the harbingers of the genre’s rise in popularity in the US. A great breakdown of the show's importance can be found courtesy of YouTuber SuperEyepatchWolf below.
Not surprisingly, Netflix is keen to capitalise on the success of the show and previously announced plans for a live-action Cowboy Bebop series. Now, the streaming service has revealed the cast for the series and it looks to be shaping up to be a cracker.
As Variety reports, John Cho will take up the lead role of bounty hunter Spike Spiegel. For those unfamiliar, Spiegel is "an impossibly cool 'cowboy' (bounty hunter) with a deadly smile, a wry wit and style to spare," Netflix said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. "He travels the solar system with his ex-cop partner, Jet, pursuing the future’s most dangerous bounties with a combination of charm, charisma – and deadly Jeet Kune Do."
Alongside Cho will be Luke Cage star Mustsafa Shakir, who will play Jet Black. Daniella Pineda of The Originals fame will play the amnesia-stricken Faye Valentine. British stage actor Alex Hassell will take on Vicious, a notorious hitman and rival to Cho’s Spiegel.
Cho certainly is a brilliant choice to play the role, having demonstrated his acting chops numerous times, as well as in a number of science fiction joints in the past few years.
Most recently, Netflix announced that the show had started filming in the most adorable way possible: by way of its latest star, Ein, an actual Corgi who will play the genetically modified, super intelligent 'data dog' of the same name in the remake.
The show, which will be co-produced by Tomorrow Studios, will get an initial 10-episode run. Fans can also rest easy knowing that Shinichiro Watanabe, the director of the original Cowboy Bebop, will serve as a consultant on the Netflix series.
While the live-action series’ ability to capture the wonder of the anime is yet to be seen, Netflix certainly looks to be doing its utmost to ensure it happens. See you then, Space Cowboy...