Anime fans rejoice. As the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced “Akira” project moves forward with production, so does the forthcoming “Cowboy Bebop” live-action series. As reported on Variety, John Cho and four others have been cast to lead in the upcoming adaptation of the anime favorite “Cowboy Bebop” for Netflix.
The anime story, as originally directed by Shinichiro Watanabe in the late ’90s, follows the adventures of a bounty hunter and his team in a futuristic setting as they scout the universe for the highest and fulfilling bounty heads. Watanabe will also be consulting the story for the live-action series.
From the Variety story:
Cho will star as Spike Spiegel, described as an impossibly cool bounty hunter with a deadly smile, a wry wit, and style to spare. He travels the solar system with his ex-cop partner, Jet, pursuing the future’s most dangerous bounties with a combination of charm, charisma — and deadly Jeet Kune Do.
The series is described as the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed, a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals.
Cho stars in one of Jordan Peele’s “The Twilight Zone” episodes. He received an Indie Spirit Award nomination for his dramatic performance in last year’s “Searching,” directed by Aneesh Chaganty.
Joining Cho as his character’s team of bounty hunters includes Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine and Alex Hassell as Viscious. Casting for the character of Radical Ed is still ongoing.
Alex Garcia Lopez is directing the first episode of this new series. His previous directorial outings include episodes of Netflix and Marvel’s “Luke Cage” and “Daredevil.” Christopher Yost, whose previous writing credits include “Thor: The Dark World” and “Thor: Ragnarok,” is writing the first episode as well as executive producing.
The “Cowboy Bebop” live-action series is ordered for a ten-episode run. The original anime ran for a 26-episode season from 1998 to 1999. The forthcoming adaptation is a co-production between Netflix and Tomorrow Studios.