Cowboy Bebop live action: ABOUT THE ORIGINAL SERIES
The original anime premiered in Japan in 1998. The anime has been adapted into two manga series and a film was also released later in theaters worldwide. It was a critical and commercial success in Japan as well as international markets and has received numerous awards for its performance.
COWBOY BEBOP LIVE ACTION – RELEASE
The release of the new series has been postponed since 2017. One of the lead actors, John Cho playing Spike Spiegel was injured first, which paused the filming for 7 – 8 months. Later, the corona virus outbreak imposed a global lockdown that affected the production of almost all the series and films. The filming of the series is taking place in New Zealand, which was closed during the global pandemic. Now that the team is back at its work we can hope for the release to take place by 2021. Also, the creators have also come up with good news, they said that the screenwriting for the second season is underway.
ABOUT THE COWBOY BEBOP LIVE ACTION
The anime fans are pretty nervous about the new action series. They are not sure how the new mix of genres like comedy, action, and drama work in their favor. The story is just the same, but with extra goofiness and dark humor.
The creators said that the first season will have 10 episodes, each almost an hour-long, depicting a serialized story. We’re not going to go one-to-one on all of those stories because we’re also trying to tell the broader story of Spike Spiegel and the Syndicate, Spike Spiegel, and Juli, Spike Spiegel and Vicious, and all that. But we are looking at the show and saying, ‘Who are some of the great villains in this show, and how can we put them into this into this broader narrative?’ So that we are telling both of the big stories that Cowboy Bebop tells,” Grillo-Marxuach said.
The adaptation will try to find a balance between maintaining the spirit of the original series and still adapting the story to changing times and audiences, plus the different medium of live-action versus animation.