Looks like Cowboy Bebop will get getting the small-screen treatment soon, unfortunately, after failing the route to a big-budget large-screen film adaptation.
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 Sunset 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.
My take: no, just fucking no to this idea. Horrible idea. They’ll never get the tone, the casting or the music right, much less the cool space cowboy ambiance down. Really how do you cast Cowboy Bebop anyway? The characters are a mix of Japanese and American. Cast American actors and actresses and American liberals will cry about whitewashing. Cast Japanese actors and actresses in the roles and everyone else will complain that the cast doesn’t resemble the original anime. And let’s be honest: the music is perfect. Either they’ll try to redo the music or reuse the previous soundtracks, which is either a disaster waiting to occur, or just lame.
What’s your take?