Netflix has finally announced the target release date for their highly-anticipated adaptation of Cowboy Bebop, confirming that the live-action series is slated to premiere in the fall of this year. The date announcement also came with a new Cowboy Bebop video which you can check out below, featuring leads star John Cho, Daniella Pineda, and Mustafa Shakir. In the video, they are seen jamming to the iconic anime’s original theme song “Tank,” as a way of confirming that original composer Yoko Kanno will indeed be returning to the franchise to create the soundtrack for the live-action series.
Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop will be led by John Cho (Searching) as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage) as Jet Black, Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) as Faye Valentine, Alex Hassell (Suburbicon) as Vicious, and Elena Satine (Revenge) as Julia. It will also feature Geoff Stults as Chalmers, Tamara Tunie as Ana, Mason Alexander Park as Gren, Rachel House as Mao, Ann Truong as Shin, and Hoa Xuande as Lin.
The live-action series, which wrapped up its production in New Zealand last month, is created by Andre Mac and Jeff Pinkner from a script written by Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) and Javier Grillo-Marxuach. All 10 episodes are directed by Michael Katleman and Alex Garcia Lopez. The project is a co-production between Netflix and Tomorrow Studios.
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.