Are you a fan of Anime?
If yes, then I’ve got a piece of good news for you. Tomorrow Studios is creating a live-action remake of the Anime series Cowboy Bebop.
Although it covers a wide range of genre, it is mostly a science fiction. The original show first aired in Japan in June 1998, but only 12 episodes were broadcasted. Then later on in April 1999, all the 26 episodes were broadcasted. After that, the show was dubbed in English and was licenced for release outside Japan. It soon became a critical and commercial success in both, Japan and outside Japan. It earned several major Anime and science fiction awards upon its release. The series Cowboy Bebop was acclaimed widely for its style, characters, story, animation and sound-track.
Cowboy Bebop Season 1 release date
The live-action of this anime series was originally scheduled to be released in 2020, but as one of the main cast members, John Cho got his knee injured the production was stopped for more than six months. And then, this coronavirus pandemic started, which is sure to delay the release a little too. So, our best guess for the release would be around summer 2021.
John Cho is playing the lead role of Spike Spiegel. Spike is portrayed as someone who has lost all hopes for the future after losing the woman he loved and is in a near-constant lethargy.
Mustafa Shakir will be playing the role of Black Jet. Jet is shown as someone who has lost confidence and became cynical about the state of the society. Spike and Jet were designed to be the opposites of each other with Spike being thin and wearing smart attire and Jet being bulky and wearing more casual clothing.
Daniella Pineda will be seen as Faye Valentine. Faye was denied by her voice actress as initially being ugly, with her defining traits being her liveliness, and her humanity.
Alex Hassell will be playing Vicious. Vicious is the most notorious hitman who enjoys a good kill and is Spike’s rival, who was his partner in the Red Dragon Syndicate.
Elena Satine will be seen as Julia. Julia is Spike’s love interest with whom Spike decided to leave the Red Dragon Syndicate.
It was also rumoured that a Husky was playing Ein instead of a Welsh Corgi, but it turns out it was just a rumour. Besides, even if it wasn’t, the narrative has not specified that Ein should be a Corgi.
Considering that the series is a reboot of the original anime series, it is predicted to follow the same storyline as the original.
The plot is set in the year 2071. Most of humanity has colonized other planets and moons of the solar system. Earth is left uninhabitable after a collision with a hyperspace gateway roughly fifty years ago. As the colonization spreads throughout the solar system, so does the crime. So amidst the rising crime throughout the solar system, the Inter Solar System police legalize bounty hunters.
Cowboy is a group of bounty hunters, the crew of spaceship Bebop, hence the name Cowboy Bebop. The crew consists of Spike Siegal, who is a former hitman and exiled member of the red dragon syndicate, his partner Jet Black who is a former ISSP officer, an amnesiac con artist Faye Valentine, Edward Wong the eccentric hacker (girl), and Ein the genetically engineered Welsh Corgi with human-like intelligence.
The cowboy team wonders throughout the solar system, searching for fugitives who are highly desirable to catch and delivering them to justice. The team has been made to bring down the most dangerous criminals of the solar system. It is safe to say that they will even save the world, or even better, the solar system for the right price.
As of yet, there is no official trailer for the series, and no announcement either, Just a few fan-made trailers here and there.
Everything else a fan should know
Can we expect a season 2 of the series?
As the original anime series is a mini-series as well with just 26 episodes, the live-action one which is said to have 10 episodes with a run-time of an hour, it is likely that the story will be covered in the 1st season itself and there may not be a second season.
Two Cowboy Bebop Manga series have been released. The first Manga series titles Cowboy Bebop: Shooting Star was serialized before the Anime released in October 1997. The second Manga series titled simply Cowboy Bebop was serialized in November 1998.
A Cowboy Bebop video game, developed and published by Bandai, was released in Japan for PlayStation in May 1998. A PlayStation 2 game was released in Japan IN August 2005 and an English version was set to release in North America, however in 2007, it was reported the release has likely been cancelled.
After the series, a Cowboy Bebop movie was also released by the title Cowboy Bebop: The movie, in 2001 in Japan and in the U.S in 2003. The original title of the movie was, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin on Heaven’s door or Kauboi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira.
John Cho on Cowboy Bebop Live-action Series
Here’s a video of Jhon Cho talking about the series: