Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop series wraps production!
Netflix’s live-action series adaptation of the iconic anime Cowboy Bebop has certainly seen its fair share of speed bumps in making its way from development through production but fans can look forward to seeing their favorite space cowboy soon as star Danielle Pineda has taken to Instagram to reveal that filming has officially concluded on the series!
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The series first began production in New Zealand in October 2019 but halted shortly after due to star John Cho suffering an injury on set that required a 7-9 month delay as the streamer elected to allow him time to heal and rehabilitate instead of recasting. The downtime allotted the writer’s room to further develop the scripts for the series, including bringing original director Shinichirō Watanabe on as a creative consultant, and begin early work on a second season script. The production would later get the green light from New Zealand to resume shooting in September 2020 following the nation’s COVID-19 shutdown and has now officially concluded.
The series will star Cho (Searching) as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage) as Jet Black, Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) as Faye Valentine, Alex Hassell (Suburbicon) as Vicious, and Elena Satine (Revenge) as Julia. The live-action 10-episode series will be directed by Michael Katleman and Alex Garcia Lopez with Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) and Javier Grillo-Marxuach serving as writers.
Cowboy Bebop first premiered in 1998 and tells the story of The Bebop crew, intergalactic loners who team up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. Among the crew is Spike Spiegel, a hero whose cool façade hides a dark and deadly past; the pilot Jet, a bruiser of a brute who can’t wait to collect the next bounty; and Faye Valentine, a femme fatale prone to breaking hearts and separating fools from their money. Set against the backdrop of space in the year 2017, along for the ride are the brilliant, but weird, hacker Ed, and a super-genius Welsh Corgi named Ein.
The anime ran for just 26 episodes and one special in the late 1990s and later had a feature film, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, released in 2001 and set during the series instead of serving as a follow-up.