Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Is Coming To Netflix 

Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Is Coming To Netflix 
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Cowboy Bebop is getting a live-action series on Netflix, with the anime’s creator Shinichiro Watanabe consulting.

The Cowboy Bebop anime debuted back in 1998 with Watanabe at the helm.

The live-action first episode will be written by Christopher Yost, who recently penned Thor: Ragnarok.

In the late 2000s, Keanu Reeves was attached to a live-action movie adaptation as protagonist Spike Spiegel but the production never got off the ground.

Cowboy Bebop does not look like it is going to happen with me in it.” Reeves wrote in a 2013 Reddit Q&A, adding that the script was “great and amazing,” but would “cost like a half a billion dollars to make.”

Hopefully, this Netflix series will cost less!


  • I mean, that is a pretty good sign that they have Watanabe and one of the Ragnarok team.
    If we could get Keanu….. Dream.

  • On one hand, it’ll probably work better in live-action than most anime. (Looking at you, rumoured One Piece adaptation.)
    On the other… why bother? The original’s already flawless.

  • Cowboy Beebop is one of the greatest anime series ever and one of the better animated scifi series (albeit it could be improved a lot with animation today); The hard-boiled style detective series with a dash of fantasy and the wild west, the closest live action series would is obviously the awesome FireFly, if only this can be as good !

  • I wish Netflix would stop messing with animation. I don’t want to see their horrendous CGI faux traditional animations they keep pumping out and I don’t want to see live action remakes of animations I already love, especially when the Australian Netflix doesn’t have those original animations along side.
    What’s the idea? That horrible Death Note film? The awful 3D animation in [insert Netflix original animation here]? An upcoming live action remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender? And now an upcoming live action remake of Cowboy Bebop?

    Please Netflix leave the stuff I like alone, and if you’re interested in making animation, please stop using that disgusting 3D hand-drawn-mimicking-CGI style. If you want to bring in the Cowboy Bebop team to make a prequel series – awesome. If you want to bring in the A:TLA team to make a series following Kyoshi – awesome. But this? This just makes me sad.

    inb4 comments about distribution rights – how Netflix can’t secure them for the originals in all regions, so they remake the original properties so they can freely push them to Netflix sites globally. I know that, but I still think they’ve traded quality shows for rubbish remakes purely to attach the name to their platform and they could do better by fans and by the original creators.

    • If you want to watch Bebop, it’s on Animelab. It’s free with a sign-up. Also, you might be interested in The Dragon Prince on Netflix. It’s made by the guys behind Avatar (though it’s CGI so I hope that’s not a deal-breaker for you).

      • Dragon Prince’s stilted animation was jarring at times, but the story was solid. Voltron was also pretty good.

      • The Dragon Prince is exactly the sort of show I can’t even watch because of the animation. Literal headaches. Unfortunately, yeah, a deal breaker, otherwise I would have been pretty keen to check it out.

        Don’t get me wrong, traditional animation is hard and a lot more effort, but anything using either CGI or rotoscoping to imitate 2D animation is pretty much unwatchable for me and I don’t think 2D animation of any kind works with those techniques or with live action remakes – they just lack the soul the original had.

  • I don’t know what to think. On the one hand I’m excited and can’t wait to watch it when it’s released. On the other hand a llive action adaptation of genuinely one of the absolute greatest animes ever made is seemingly destined to fall far short. It’s a tough ask. Just don’t be crap, please.

  • I hope they keep the jazz soundtrack and not try to update it for modern tastes. Even better I hope they get Yoko Kanno to do the score.

    • Being a series should mean no Scarlett Johanson…

      Obvious joke aside, no CG. Get a real corgi, you cowards.

  • The biggest issue with this is most actors these days are to “stiff” to play Spike, they need someone like RDjr who is perfectly comfortable to adlib and own the character.

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