A release date has finally arrived for Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop series along with a batch of first-look photos. The show starring John Cho as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, and Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine will officially debut globally on November 19.
COWBOY BEBOP is an action-packed space western about three bounty hunters, also known as “cowboys,” who try to leave the past behind. As different as they are deadly, Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir) and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) form a tough and sarcastic team ready to hunt down the most dangerous criminals in the solar system, for the right price. But they can only kick and joke to get out of so many skirmishes before their past finally catches up with them.
Based on the beloved anime series, COWBOY BEBOP is executive produced by André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios, Makoto Asanuma, Shin Sasaki and Masayuki Ozaki of Sunrise Inc ., Tim Coddington, Tetsu Fujimura, Michael Katleman, Matthew Weinberg, and Christopher Yost. Nemec acts as showrunner. The director of the original anime series, Shinichirō Watanabe, is a consultant to the series, and original composer Yoko Kanno is returning for the live-action adaptation. The series also stars Alex Hassell and Elena Satine.
Cowboy Bebop is a neo-noir Japanese sci-fi anime series created and animated by Sunrise, directed by a production team (announced as Hajime Yatate) of director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, the mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane and composer Yoko Kanno. The twenty-six episodes (“sessions”) of the series are set in the year 2071 and follow the life of a bounty hunting team traveling in their spaceship called Bebop. Although it incorporates a wide variety of genres throughout its career, Cowboy Bebop is primarily based on science fiction, western and black films. Its most prominent themes include existential adult boredom, loneliness, and the inability to escape the past.
The series premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 3 to June 26, 1998, airing only twelve episodes and one special due to its controversial adult-themed content. The entire twenty-six episodes of the series later aired on Wowow from October 24, 1998 to April 24, 1999. The anime was adapted into two manga series that were serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s Asuka Fantasy DX. Subsequently, a movie was released in theaters around the world.
Source – Crunchyroll