‘Cowboy Bebop’ Live-Action TV Series in the Works

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Cowboy Bebop,” a critically and commercially successful 1998 Japanese anime series, is set to be adapted into a live action television series by Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between ITV Studios and Marty Adelstein.

The live action version will be executive produced by Sunrise Inc. — the studio responsible for the original animated iteration — as well as Midnight Radio, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, and Matthew Weinberg. Midnight Radio consists of Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg. Chris Yost will write the adaptation.

“Cowboy Bebop,” which takes place in 2071 in the original version, follows Spike Spiegel and his gang of bounty hunters, also known as cowboys, as they cavort around the galaxy attempting to capture bad guys and survive some of the most intense dangers the galaxy has to offer. The anime series has been successful in Western markets, and is credited with introducing a new wave of Western viewers to anime. It’s also widely cited as one of the best anime series of all time.

“Cowboy Bebop” already received the feature film treatment in 2001 with “Cowboy Bebop: The Movie,” which is set amidst the latter third of the 26-episode anime series and received mostly positive reviews from critics. In the same year, the original series became the first anime series to be broadcast on Adult Swim in the United States.

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  1. This show is gonna rock.

  2. DeadLily says:

    Just keep mainstream Hollywood away from it or we’ll get Leslie Jones as Faye Valentine

  3. Yourmom says:

    come up with some original content please…….STOP DOING REMAKES

  4. Marie says:

    Wow, so this is what it feels like to have…The Real Folk Blues

  5. Phits says:

    To everyone complaining about this. Just don’t fucking watch it, problem solved.

  6. Nick Sylvester says:

    Fuck live action let it be an anime. Just rehashing something good trying to ruin it.

  7. J says:

    Haha No… ha… NO…….. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  8. Its not the galaxy, just the solar system……..

  9. PPMD says:

    This is NBC’s article word for word. This is blatant plagiarism. I highly suggest you take this story down. Erin Nyren did NOT write this article.

    • Charles says:

      You have it backwards. NBCNews actually ran Nyren’s article, and gave the credit to Variety in the byline.

  10. help says:

    Please no, stop ruining anime for me you damn normies

  11. R. Sole says:

    Just waiting for the outrage farmers to complain about the creators making Faye Valentine too sexy.

  12. Adam says:

    We already have a live action cowboy bebop. It’s called Firefly

  13. No!! says:

    Can’t anyone think of original things to make? Why make reboots and live actions of already perfect shows?

  14. Msw says:

    Well, here goes another white washed anime movie that Hollywood will ruin for me.

    • Marie says:

      It’s in the future, and Spike is from Mars. How the heck are you suppose to know what his actually ethnicity is.

    • linxsr says:

      In the anime even though its never mentioned their character design is suggesting that the main cast is pretty caucasian except for ed that is part asian. This is not the main problem that all of you so ignorantly and forcefully want to focus on. The main problem is the never ending of milking dry popular media culture. Its not because they want to make it better, you cant make a better Mona Lisa painting. But because it brings big viewership and therefore money. It’s a secure investment.

      • DeadLily says:

        Id go with an Italian American for Spike to fit in with his bavkground of mobs and capos. Asian actress for Faye is good. Jet is pretty open for casting. If they need a diversity hire maybe the guy who plays Luke Cage.

    • philnolan3d says:

      You know who doesn’t care about “white washing” of Japanese media? Japanese people!

      • Bradley A says:

        Well, there are very small clues in their name and appearances but they dont really give conclusive results- Faye Valentine is presumably asian, as well as her named being a pseudonym since she is a Jane Doe from a shuttle explosion, who is from Singapore. In her background story episode where she goes “home” she goes close to a famous fountain from there,

        Jet Black seems to be a caucasian styled man, both based on appearance, the anglicised last name, and his imagery as a throwback film noir cop. Could he be Asian? Thats for You and Shinichiro Watanabe to decide.

        Spike Spiegel is also likely caucasian by name and appearance but also likely ambiguous by design. Since his hair and eye color are both ambiguous as well (green and orange/brown?) and there are no details to his background, his European last name is all we have to go on, and that’s not much.

        Francoise Appledelhi (Which is Ed’s real name you learn in the episode they try to intercept her father) is ambiguous although her father appears to be a gigantic man of caucasian descent, her mother is unknown, but her (red?) hair may be an indicator. Her french first name may also indicate a caucasian or middle eastern/north african descent.

        So really its a blank slate for casting, up to the powers that be. Its not whitewashing or putting minorities in roles for appeasement one way or another, since there is no template.

      • Marie says:

        Layla how do you know they are Caucasian?

      • Layla Arias says:

        I meant for that comment to be in reply of the person below me

      • Layla Arias says:

        Except if the main characters aren’t even Japanese, they aree Caucasian

      • Marie says:

        But we live in America not Japan. Japan doesn’t have diversity, America does.

      • Nathanael says:


  15. Dandy says:

    Sunrise produced the original series. Who is “Sunset Inc.” and why are they claiming ownership of the property?

  16. Ravi says:

    It wasnt the galaxy they wandered in.
    It was just upto planet jupiter.
    Writer doesnt know shit abt cowboybebop

    • DeadLily says:

      Its typical Hollywood stupid. When they say galaxy they mean star system. When they say universe they mean galaxy. Oof, the new Voltron series keeps doing the latter.

      Always reduce what they say by one order of magnitude.

    • PPMD says:

      Well to be fair this was written by NBC. This Erin chick just copy and pasyed the article so none of the errors are hers.

      • Jorge Urribarri says:

        Other way around you dummy, NBC cited this article as it’s source for the information, do some actual research before you talk about stuff you know nothing about.

  17. Morte says:

    Can’t wait to see the Asian dude in episode 12 cooking that batch of noodles between 11:48 and 12:13.

  18. Liam Scanlan says:

    I have a feeling that this will be like “Guardians of the Galaxy” minus the aliens.

  19. lutair says:

    I believe there is an error: Sunrise produced the anime, not Sunset.

  20. Snake says:


  21. Jeep Jop says:


  22. Ed says:

    Sorry, the anime was too perfect in tone, colors, style, music, characters, etc. to try and replicate live action. It’s impossible to pull off without getting panned.

  23. JUSTIN says:

    The studio is Sunrise, not Sunset!!

  24. Joao says:


  25. Veronica Huerta says:

    It’s Sunrise, not Sunset.

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