Deadline and Variety are reporting that cult Japanese animated series Cowboy Bebop, is being developed into a live-action series adaptation in a joint venture between Tomorrow Studios and ITV Studios.
The animated series, which originally aired in 1998 consisting of twenty-six episodes, focused on Spike Spiegel and his group of bounty hunters, known as cowboys, jumping around the galaxy attempting to capture bad guys and survive some of the most intense dangers the galaxy has to offer.
The animated series was a success in the Western market, being one of the few animes credited with introducing Western viewers to animate and often cited as being one of the best anime series of all time. The series would also receive a feature film treatment in 2001 with Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, which received mostly positive reviews from critics.
In a statement about the development of the series, Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein said the following:
We are excited to work with Sunrise in bringing this beloved anime to the U.S. and global marketplace as a live-action series. The animated version has long resonated with audiences worldwide, and with the continued, ever growing, popularity of anime, we believe a live action version will have an incredible impact today.
Tomorrow Studios have teamed on the project with Midnight Radio (Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg), who will executive produce the project alongside Sunrise, the studio behind the animated series, Adelstein, Becky Clements and Matthew Weinberg. Chris Yost, who started out his career writing for a number of comic book-based animated series before writing screenplays for Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok, is being brought onboard the project here to write the screenplay.
I’m not too sure how to feel about a live-action western adaptation of Cowboy Bebop, though it’s very early stages yet on the project. Tomorrow Studios have been in the market recently in adapting already known properties for television, though unfortunately their pilot of Let The Right One In wasn’t picked up by TNT, they’re still developing a TV adaptation of Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer. Question remains if the project begins to pick up speed within the next year, who would they cast in the roles?