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Cowboy Bebop is a live-action remake of the Cowboy Bebop anime series. Consisting of ten episodes, it was released on Netflix on November 19, 2021.[1][2][3] Originally meant to be an ongoing series, the show was cancelled by Netflix a month after its premiere, citing low viewership compared to the high cost of production.[4]

Synopsis

Long on style and perpetually short on cash, bounty hunters Spike, Jet, and Faye trawl the solar system looking for jobs. But can they outrun Spike's past?[5]

Cast and Characters

Main article: Character List (Netflix)

Live-Action Cast

Japanese Dub Cast

Sessions

Main article: Session List (Netflix)

Season 1

Ep. No. Session Name Netflix Air Date
1 Cowboy Gospel November 19, 2021
2 Venus Pop November 19, 2021
3 Dog Star Swing November 19, 2021
4 Callisto Soul November 19, 2021
5 Darkside Tango November 19, 2021
6 Binary Two-Step November 19, 2021
7 Galileo Hustle November 19, 2021
8 Sad Clown A-Go-Go November 19, 2021
9 Blue Crow Waltz November 19, 2021
10 Supernova Symphony November 19, 2021

Production and Release

Development on the live-action Cowboy Bebop series began in June 2017 after a partnership was announced between Marty Adelstein of Tomorrow Studios and Sunrise Inc., the producer of the anime. Tomorrow Studios teamed up with André Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg of production company Midnight Radio to act as executive producers and showrunners for Cowboy Bebop. Christopher Yost developed the show and was also announced to write the initial plot.[6]

In November 2018, it was announced that Netflix picked up the distribution rights to the show and that original anime director Shinichiro Watanabe would be acting as a creative consultant.[7] It was also revealed later that original Cowboy Bebop composer Yoko Kanno would be scoring the music for the series.

In April 2019, Variety first reported the casting of John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, and Alex Hassell to play Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Vicious, respectively.[8] A few months later, it was announced that Elena Satine was cast as Julia.[9]

Filming for Cowboy Bebop took place around summer 2019 in New Zealand. After the first few episodes, production was put on hiatus following an injury from John Cho.[10] Later, Cho revealed that he suffered a torn ACL and had to have surgery and rehab his knee.

Production officially resumed in September 2020 after receiving border exemptions from the New Zealand government following the country's COVID-19 shutdown.[11] A couple of months after production resumed, Netflix announced the addition of Geoff Stults, Tamara Tunie, Mason Alexander Park, Rachel House, Ann Truong, and Hoa Xuande to the series playing Chalmers, Annie, Gren, Mao, Shin, and Lin respectively.[12] Daniella Pineda announced the first season finished filming in an Instagram post on March 10, 2021.[13][14]

On September 25 during Netflix's TUDUM fan event, Netflix debuted the opening credits along with a brief introduction from John Cho. The intro closely mirrored the style of the anime's opening which included the original theme song Tank! acting as the show's opening theme.[15] They also revealed the casting of Jan Uddin, Lydia Peckham, Adrienne Barbeau, Rodney Cook, Josh Randall, Ira Munn, and Lucy Currey during the TUDUM event playing Asimov, Katerina, Maria Murdock, Teddy Bomber, Pierrot Le Fou, Punch, and Judy, respectively.[16] Netflix announced on October 13 that the original Japanese voice cast of the anime would be reprising their roles for the Japanese dub of the live-action series.[17]

Netflix released a "Lost Session" teaser on October 19 ahead of the official trailer debut.[18] The teaser featured Spike, Jet, and Faye in an original sequence not included in the series and shot specifically to promote the show. The official trailer was first released in a Livestream event on October 26, 2021, with exclusive clips and special guests.[19]

On November 15, Netflix released an interview with series composer Yoko Kanno along with the cast and crew to reveal a behind the scenes look at the music of Cowboy Bebop. Kanno discussed the amount of original music composed for the show, reuniting with her band The Seatbelts, and the overall themes for the show.[20] On November 17, Netflix officially released the session names for Season 1 along with short teaser bumpers on social media.[21]

All ten episodes of Season 1 were officially released on Netflix on November 19, 2021. The soundtrack composed by Yoko Kanno and performed by The Seatbelts was also released on streaming services the same day. The next day, Netflix posted the official Cowboy Bebop Unlocked After Show[22] including a performance of the opening title song, Tank!, spoiler-filled discussion with the cast and crew, adapting the anime, the S1 ending, the first interview with Radical Ed actor Eden Perkins, and an Ein blooper reel.

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Promotional Videos

References

  1. LIVE-ACTION COWBOY BEBOP SERIES HEADED TO NETFLIX on IGN.com
  2. Cowboy Bebop on Netflix.
  3. Netflix’s ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Live-Action Series Sets Premiere Date; John Cho As Spike Spiegel Unveiled In First Look Images
  4. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/cowboy-bebop-canceled-netflix-1235060256/
  5. "Cowboy Bebop - Netflix".
  6. "‘Cowboy Bebop’ Cult Anime TV Series Gets U.S. Live-Action Remake By Tomorrow Studios, Midnight Radio & ‘Thor’ Writer" via Deadline.
  7. "‘Cowboy Bebop’ Live-Action Remake Of Cult Anime TV Series Picked Up By Netflix" via Deadline.
  8. "‘Cowboy Bebop’: John Cho, Mustafa Shakir Among Four Cast in Netflix Live-Action Series" on Variety.
  9. Cowboy Bebop adds Elena Satine.
  10. "‘Cowboy Bebop’: Netflix Series Shuts Down Production For 7-9 Months Following Star John Cho On-Set Injury" via Deadline.
  11. "Amazon’s ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ Resumes Production In New Zealand, Netflix’s ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Next" via Deadline.
  12. "‘Cowboy Bebop’ Netflix Series Adds Six to Cast" via Variety.
  13. "Netflix's Cowboy Bebop Live-Action Series Wraps Filming" via IGN.
  14. "Daniella Pineda Announcement" via Instagram.
  15. "Cowboy Bebop - Opening Credits -Netflix" via YouTube.
  16. "TUDUM Cast Reveal Thread" via Twitter.
  17. "Japanese Dub Voice Cast" via Twitter.
  18. "Cowboy Bebop - Official Teaser “Lost Session” - Netflix" via YouTube.
  19. "Cowboy Bebop - Trailer Livestream Event - Netflix" via YouTube.
  20. "Yoko Kanno + The Music of Cowboy Bebop - Netflix" via YouTube.
  21. "Cowboy Bebop Session Names" via Twitter.
  22. "Cowboy Bebop: Unlocked - FULL SPOILERS Official After Show - Netflix Geeked" via YouTube.
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