One of the most highly regarded anime of all time, Cowboy Bebop, is the next series to get the Netflix live-action treatment, the streaming giant announced late Tuesday night.
Netflix seems to be hoping that the name value of Cowboy Bebop alone will be enough to excite fans, as the Twitter announcement offers little more than the anime’s logo and a brief tease of the iconic theme song and opening titles. However, in a news release the company revealed a few more details about the upcoming show.
The live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop will run for 10 episodes and will be produced jointly by Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, the production company behind television series such as NBC’s Aquarius and MTV’s Teen Wolf. Showrunners and executive producers include the team at Midnight Radio (Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg), as well as Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok), who will write the first episode. While original series director Shinichiro Watanabe won’t be in charge of the live-action version, he will act as a consultant on the series. Netflix did not give a premiere window for the show.
Cowboy Bebop follows a crew of space bounty hunters in the year 2071 led by Spike Spiegel, along with his friends Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed. The anime, which premiered in 1998 on Japanese television, follows the gang on various missions and misadventures around the solar system. It blurs the lines of genre, mixing classic elements of Westerns, pulp sci-fi and noir together, all with a jazz-infused score that helps give the show its energy and sets its often frenetic pace. Since its debut, Cowboy Bebop has generated a massive worldwide fan base and received almost unparalleled critical acclaim, often being cited as one of the best anime series of all time.
This is the latest in a growing line of popular anime series that Netflix has attempted to transition to live action. However, earlier adaptations like Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach and Death Note were met with negative reactions from both fans and critics. Live-action adaptations aren’t Netflix’s only focus when it comes to upcoming anime, though, as the company announced earlier this month that it is producing several new shows in partnership with Japanese studios.