See you, space cowboy…
Netflix has officially canceled the live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop after just one season. The 10-episode series premiered last month on the streaming service to a mixed reception on November 19. Despite racking up 74 million viewing hours worldwide, the series dropped over 59 percent in watch time last week. It starred John Cho as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine, Alex Hassell as Vicious, and Elena Satine as Julia.
“An action-packed space Western about three bounty hunters, aka ‘cowboys, all trying to outrun the past” is how the official synopsis described the series. “As different as they are deadly, Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, and Faye Valentine form a scrappy, snarky crew ready to hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals — for the right price. But they can only kick and quip their way out of so many scuffles before their pasts finally catch up with them.”
Cowboy Bebop was a co-production between Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, with Michael Katleman and Alex Garcia Lopez having directed all 10 episodes. The live-action series also included original anime composer Yoko Kanno, who returned to create the soundtrack.
The original 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.