'Cowboy Bebop' is Getting a Live-Action TV Series

A special aired in 1990, and feature film Cowboy Bebop: The Movie was released in 2001. Cowboy Bebop debuted in 1998 and soon became an worldwide success by attracting fans from all over the world, including the U.S. It is widely regarded as one of the best anime of all time.

"We are excited to work with Sunrise in bringing this beloved anime to the USA and global marketplace as a live-action series", said Marty Adelstein of Tomorrow Studios. Other parties involved include Midnight Radio's Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg, plus Becky Clements and Matthew Weinberg. Worst-case is that we turn on Fox in two years and see endless promos for a police procedural set in space and starring Zac Efron as a bounty hunter. Here's hoping that Cowboy Bebop's live-action will never follow in the footsteps of previous Western-adapted animes.

Perhaps the good news, especially for those who were flooded with memories of past Western adaptations of animes (Dragon Ball, anyone?), is that the Japanese studio responsible for the anime will be onboard. It then aired in the United States in 2001, becoming the first anime to be broadcast on Adult Swim. Well, fans of the famous show had reasons to rejoice Tuesday as Variety reported that a live-action reboot is in the works. Do you think the Thor sequel writer will bring a deft touch to the source material or are you cringing in anticipation? Is Cowboy Bebop, a show known for its music, style, dialogue, humor, and complex storytelling, really the first thing you want to tackle?

  • Salvatore Jensen