Netflix commissioned the live adaptation of the famous animated series "Cowboy Bebop" Variety has learned.
The series is described as the jazz-inspired story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed, a band of bounty hunter scavengers fleeing from their past as they search for the most dangerous in the world. the criminals. They will even save the world for the good price.
The series, which comes from Tomorrow Studios, is in preparation since last year. Netflix has ordered 10 episodes.
Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the original anime, will act as a consultant for the project. Midnight Radio's Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg will be executive producers. Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc. – the studio behind the original series – will also be executive producers with Tomorrow's Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements studios, Tetsu Fujimura and Matthew Weinberg. The series is a co-production between Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, Netflix ensuring physical production.
"Cowboy Bebop" proved to be a major commercial and critical success despite the fact that the television series consists of only 26 episodes. He inspired two manga series and one anime film, the last of which was released in the United States in 2003.
The announcement comes as Netflix is moving more and more towards the world of anime. The streamer has commissioned several original animation series, including one based on "Pacific Rim". Last year, Netflix released a live adaptation of the "Death Note" manga with Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield and Margaret Qualley.
It is also the last instance of Netflix that adapts an animated series to a series of live actions. Last September, it was announced that a series of live action scenes "Avatar: The Last Airborne Master" was being prepared at Netflix with original creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko on board.