The first look at the Netflix live-action Cowboy Bebop has been revealed, along with the series premiere date.
The live-action Cowboy Bebop series premieres November 19th on Netflix.
Forbes report the live-action adaption “Looks Actually Decent,” and shared images from the set via press release. They praise the costume design as being close to the original anime, along with the inside of the Bebop ship. While John Cho (Spike Spiegel), Mustafa Shakir (Jet Black), Daniella Pineda (Faye Valentine), and Ein were shown; Ed was not. In fact, her actress has not been revealed as of yet.
You can find the press shots (via Netflix and Forbes) below.
Even so, Forbes shows some caution. Forbes Contributor Ollie Barder even acknowledges “the original anime is an irreverent yet poignant classic and paying tribute to that in the current woke climate will be an obvious challenge.” He also notes Netflix’ infamous reputation of its anime adaptions.
While production began in October 2019, it was halted after Cho suffered an injury on-set. While this delay was set for seven to nine months; the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown orders caused further delays. Filming resumed in New Zealand in July 2020. Anime series composer Yoko Kanno was also confirmed to be working on the soundtrack.
Executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach stated in June 2020 that the Netflix adaptation is not meant to be a “replacement” for the original. However while saying these, other changes such as Faye’s outfit being “toned down” and diminishing the glamorization of smoking were mentioned. Intersex character Gren will also be “reimagined” as non-binary in the live-action adaption; and portrayed by a non-binary actor.
A recent poll issued to Japanese viewers of video distribution service 1Screen asked what anime titles they wanted to see Hollywood adapt into live-action. The outstanding answer was “nothing.”