Love it or leave it, here is the news. Last night it was announced
that Netflix is taking a stab at turning one of the most famous and most beloved of all anime series, Cowboy Bebop
, into a series. As you will read below Amazon was taking a crack at it but somehow failed so its up to Netflix now to incur the wrath of anime fans worldwide.
The streaming giant has handed out a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for a live-action adaptation of famed anime entry Cowboy Bebop. The series was previously set up at Amazon Studios and landed at Netflix after the former passed on it.
The live-action take tells a jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Fay Valentine and Radical Ed, a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system's most dangerous criminals. THR
Man. If Netflix can make this stick? Gotta admit we have always wondered what a live action Bebop would look like. If Netflix is willing to throw the coin at it we do not doubt that the streaming studio can produce a very pretty looking series. But will they capture that essence of cool, the sheer joy of the chase, and of course the jazzy soundtrack? If it does work I would still be surprised if we get more than two seasons, given Netflix's track record and attention spans of their streaming audience.
Here is the list of people working behind the scenes to get this show up and running.
Midnight Radio's Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg (Disney's upcoming High Fidelity TV series, Netflix's late and great Everything Sucks, CBS' Zoo) will serve as showrunners and exec produce alongside Tomorrow Studios' Adelstein and Becky Clements. Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc. — the studio behind the original anime series — will also exec produce alongside Tetsu Fujimura and Matthew Weinberg. Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) will pen the first episode. Shinichiro Watanabe — who directed the original series — will serve as a consultant on the Netflix take.
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