Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Is Coming To Netflix

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Cowboy Bebop is getting a live-action series on Netflix, with the anime’s creator Shinichiro Watanabe consulting.


The Cowboy Bebop anime debuted back in 1998 with Watanabe at the helm.

The live-action first episode will be written by Christopher Yost, who recently penned Thor: Ragnarok.

In the late 2000s, Keanu Reeves was attached to a live-action movie adaptation as protagonist Spike Spiegel but the production never got off the ground.

Cowboy Bebop does not look like it is going to happen with me in it.” Reeves wrote in a 2013 Reddit Q&A, adding that the script was “great and amazing,” but would “cost like a half a billion dollars to make.”

Hopefully, this Netflix series will cost less!

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.


Here’s a fun conversation that’s gonna happen: what race/ethnicity do they cast Faye? The only thing we do know is she’s from Singapore, but they don’t really address what kind of, or if she even is, Asian.

I wonder if we’re gonna go careening back into ScarJo/GITS territory, or will people actually leave this alone (doubt it). I feel like it would be hard to scream ‘accuracy!’ in a context where there were never actual answers. But knowing the internet that’s probably asking for too much.