Actress Daniella Pineda revealed on Instagram last week that Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the iconic anime Cowboy Bebop has finished filming the first season.
Pineda plays Faye Valentine in the new series. The cast of the live action adaptation also includes John Cho as Spike, Mustafa Shakir as Jet, Geoff Stults as Chalmers, Jet’s ex-partner, Alex Hassell as Vicious, and Elena Satine as Julia.
Netflix described the live action series as such:
Based on the worldwide phenomenon from Sunrise Inc., Cowboy Bebop is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Radical Ed: a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll even save the world…for the right price.
The live-action Cowboy Bebop is a co-production between Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, and Netflix is handling the physical production. Chris Yost who worked on movies like Thor: Ragnarok is writing the series, and is credited as an executive producer.
Shinichiro Watanabe, the original anime director, is serving as a consultant for the project. Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio are also on the team as the showrunners and the executive producers.
In October 2019, Netflix posted a “Behind the Scenes” video to mark the start of Cowboy Bebop’s production. The first season’s production was postponed after the lead actor, John Cho, suffered a knee injury on set. Then, film production in New Zealand had to shut down completely due to COVID-19.
In July 2020, New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment began allowing the series’ crew to enter the country for filming in the next six months, even as most countries are still dealing with COVID-19.
Writer and executive producer Jeff Pinkner teased that the show’s staff is planning a second season, last April. Pinker said that the project’s one-hour episode length allows them to “really tell stories set in that world in a way that hopefully will not only delight the fans of anime but expose a whole bunch of new people to the world of Cowboy Bebop…”
Are you guys excited to see Netflix try to recreate an iconic anime? Are you skeptical that Cowboy Bebop in live-action is going to be just as bad as Death Note? Let me know in the comments!
Jasmine is a 23-year-old writer, weeb, and overall nerd from Brooklyn, NY. Her favorite shows include Kill la Kill, Bungo Stray Dogs, and Criminal Minds. When she’s not writing or watching anime, she usually has her nose in a book or is just existing…y’know like a human person does.