One of the most beloved anime shows of all time, the upcoming live-action Netflix adaptation of Cowboy Bebop has a lot of anticipation (and pressure) around it. Especially given how distinguished the original anime was, delivering a Western-style tale of bounty hunters in space with a catchy jazz-style soundtrack to help bridge it into noir. It hasn't been an easy road bringing the adaptation to the screen either, originally entering production in late-2019, but then lead star John Cho sustained a knee injury that set back production by about eight months. Then, when COVID-19 hit, production was furthered delayed.
However, production finally wrapped earlier this year in March and today has finally confirmed a premiere date on Netflix for November 19th. In addition, several new photos have been released, giving a first look at Cho as Spike Spiegel, Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine, and Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black. The images seem to demonstrate a desire to bridge the visuals of the original anime with live-action and, for the most part, looks better than expected. Check them out below:
Alex Hassell and Elena Satine will co-star as Vicious and Julia, respectively. Andre Nemec and Jeff Pinkner (Alias, Fringe) are serving as showrunners while Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok, The Mandalorian) is writing the scripts for the 10-episode run. Notably, the anime's composter Yoko will return to do the music. Stay tuned!