On November 27th, we got some long-awaited news about the most acclaimed anime out there to date, Cowboy Bebop Live-Action Release! This anime has only 26 episodes and a movie. That was all it needed to reach out and captivate the largest Western audience of any other anime.
Cowboy Bebop continues to inspire and influence countless animators, musicians, and film-makers. For instance, Quentin Tarantino, with his animated sequence within the 2003 Kill Bill Vol 1. Even Rian Johnson, whose 2005 thriller Brick takes a good amount of inspiration from the Japanese series. Also, a fan favorite TV series Firefly has its reminiscent similarities.
From Movie To Series
We’ve known that the world has been getting a live-action Cowboy Bebop since last year. It was announced it was going into preparation and production. However, that was the last we heard of this highly anticipated Anime adaptation. When we say highly anticipated, we mean 20-years-in-the-making anticipation! Even Keanu Reeves loved the script that he was given close to 10 years ago, but the issue that kept holding it back was the cost of production. It would cost way too much for it to be made into a movie.
But hearing last year that it would push toward a live-action series intrigued many of us. Maybe this could work (just maybe). The fan-favorite, for the part of Spike Spiegel, will always be Keanu Reeves. However, the actor has gone on to state that he feels he would be “too old to play the part now.” However, there is still hope for the actor despite that.
Hopefully, they’ll place him in the series as another character, (possibly in a Stan Lee-Esque way), just to give an ode to all the Cowboy Bebop fans out there that have been waiting for it all this time.
Dear Netflix, Do Cowboy Bebop Right!
On the evening of November 27th, Netflix posted on their Twitter account about this announcement with a short clip:
Netflix has brought in a number of decent anime in recent years, like Castlevania, and one of my favorites, Seven Deadly Sins; which gives us hope that they’ll get this right! I do need to acknowledge the elephant in the room. The live-action Death Notewasn’t well received by fans of the original Death Note series, and it was apparent why.
This live-action adaptation changed way too much of the story, even the characters’ personalities. In the original, Light Yagami was the leading role of malice and contempt toward others, but, in the remake, he wasn’t shown in that light (pun intended). Although, Ryuk looked pretty grand in my opinion, it still didn’t make up for the lack of character development in the remake. It wasn’t too bad for anyone who had never seen the original.
However, it was a bad representation of true die-hard fans, and that makes me worry about how they’re going to treat Cowboy Bebop. Are the fans going to enjoy it? Are we going to see easter-eggs that only a true fan would recognize? Something to show they care?
There’s Still Hope
What gives me hope for this series are the writers, producers, and even the original director Shinichirō Watanabe, being overseer of its production. We’re also getting show-runners like Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol co-writers Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, along with Venom and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle co-writers Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg.
The first episode is even written by Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World and Ragnarok). All of these name drops seem like good news for this live-action Anime adaptation. But only time will tell what we’ll get from this. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and minds open to what they’ll throw our way. Netflix, don’t fail us now!