Cowboy Bebop, the 1998 Japanese anime television series based on a group of spacefaring bounty hunters which also led to arguably one of the greatest anime movies Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001), is set to receive a live-action TV series remake. The news comes via Deadline who report that Tomorrow Studios, a joint venture between ITV Studios and television producer Marty Adelstein (Prison Break: Resurrection), will be teaming up with Sunrise, the Japanese animation house who made the original anime, along with Midnight Radio, who will both executive produce the remake.
Adelstein said on the adaptation:
“The animated version has long resonated with audiences worldwide, and with the continued, ever growing, popularity of anime, we believe a live-action version will have an incredible impact today.”
Thor: Ragnarok and Thor: The Dark World screenwriter Christopher Yost will be penning the adaptation. No release date has been set at this time though.
It will be interesting to see how this adaptation ends up, particularly after Paramount’s recent and rather disastrous live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. The studio laying the blame on the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role. However, whitewashing won’t be such an issue here, the characters being of more ambiguous origin. Regardless, we’re excited for this one.