‘Cowboy Bebop’ Netflix Series: Coming to Netflix in Fall 2021 & Yoko Kanno to Compose

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Alongside Netflix’s expansion into the anime market, Netflix is also adapting fan-favorite Cowboy Bebop into a live-action series. Here’s the latest on Cowboy Bebop including the Netflix release date, plot, cast and trailer.

Cowboy Bebop is an upcoming Netflix Original live-action sci-fi series based on the manga of the same name by author Hajime Yatate. Alex Garcia Lopez (Daredevil) is set to direct the series with twelve writers on board to help create the story, most notably Thor Ragnorok writer Christopher L. Yost is on board.

Yost also serves as an executive producer on the series.

Christopher L Yost Netflix Cowboy Bebop

Writer Christopher Yost (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Disney)

Tomorrow Studios will be behind the Netflix adaptation and are also currently working on the live-action series One-Piece for Netflix too.

The manga debuted in September of 1997 in Monthly Asuka Fantasy DX and ran until June 1998. A second manga series began a month later and ran for a further three volumes and ending in February 2000.

Cowboy Bebop‘s popularity skyrocketed, and anime adaptation soon followed after the first manga run. Both the manga and anime rose to critical acclaim, becoming one of the most popular franchises of the late 90s. The legacy of Cowboy Bebop is still felt today as the series is still for many, one of the best anime ever created.

When is the release date for Cowboy Bebop season 1?

We were correct in our prediction that Cowboy Bebop would be coming to Netflix in the Fall of 2021.

This was confirmed during the Netflix Geeked Week event when the cast revealed that Yoko Kanno, the iconic composer of the original Cowboy Bebop soundtrack, is returning to compose the music for the live-action series.

What is the plot of Cowboy Bebop?

In the year 2071, most of humanity has colonized the rocky planets and moons of the solar system. Roughly fifty years prior, Earth had been left uninhabitable after an accident with a hyperspace gateway. Amidst the rise of a growing crime rate throughout the solar system, the Inter Solar System Police legalize bounty hunters. Known as “Cowboys” they chase criminals across the solar system and bring them to justice.

Chasing down these criminals are the crew of the spaceship Bebop. Spike Siegal, former hitman and exiled member of the Red Dragon syndicate and his partner Jet Black a former ISSP officer. The amnesiac con-artist Faye Valentine, Edward Wong the eccentric hacking girl and finally Ein the genetically engineered adorable Welsh Corgi with human-like intelligence.

In January 2020, while promoting a new horror movie (The Grudge), John Cho had a fair bit to reveal on what to expect from the upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop series.

Cho referred to the series as a “unique piece of material” and that throughout they had to “keep it strange” to be true to the source material.

Who is in the cast of Cowboy Bebop?

The following cast members have been confirmed to star in Cowboy Bebop:

  • Spike Spiegel will be played by John Cho (as seen in Star Trek and Harold & Kumar)
  • Vicious will be played by Alex Hassell (as seen in Cold Mountain and Two Down)
  • Faye Valentine played by Danielle Pineda (seen in Jurassic World and The Vampire Diaries
  • Jet Black will be played by Mustafa Shakir (seen in Luke Cage and Quarry)

The respective actors for the Netflix live-action remake and their anime counterparts are here.

Rumors had spread by a Bebop blog that a Husky was cast as Ein instead of a Welsh Corgi.

According to the Bebop blog, a spokesperson from Netflix has commented on the change of Dog breed for Ein:

“Nothing in the story says Ein has to be a Corgi and honestly, a reboot that precisely mimics the source material is boring. We’ve already seen that story.”

The response after being asked about potential fan backlash was very intriguing:

“Just like the genre the show is named for, sometimes it’s better to do what’s unexpected, what’s never been done before. This is the ethos of Bebop, and we’re being truet to that. We’re confident true fans of the show will embrace this choice.”

The “statement” made was most likely fake for a number of reasons. First of all, using the phrase “true fans” is one way to really rile up the fanbase. The last thing you want to do is question a fan base’s love for this franchise in particular.

Second of all, writer and executive producer Christoper Yost acknowledged the rumors on Twitter and cleared up any confusion on the breed of Ein.

Speaking in May 2020, Marty Adelstein addressed the idea that a new Netflix series would be whitewashed, saying:

“because of all these anime movies that have come out and been accused of being whitewashed, we have really gone out of our way. We have the original composer, Yoko Kanno, doing music. The characters are all sort of multiethnic, and it’s a great cast. And the two episodes I have seen are so much fun. It’s really fun.”

In July 2020, alongside the production updates (see below), Daniel Richtman revealed they are currently casting Gren.

The casting grid states the following:

“This character is nonbinary, genderqueer, intersex, transmasculine, and/or third gender in their 30s. They are a bartender at Ana’s nightclub and Ana’s right hand person. As capable with a saxophone as a glock, as confident in a dress as a suit, Gren is a Bowie-esque embodiment of 22nd century handsome beauty… RECURRING GUEST PERFORMER  (People who identify as  nonbinary, genderqueer, intersex, transmasculine, and/or third gender are encouraged to submit.)”

What is the production status of Cowboy Bebop season 1?

Official Production Status: Post-Production

After a delay in filming after lead actor John Cho was injured, and along with the global pandemic, filming didn’t pick back up until September 30th, 2020.

In that time we have since learned that filming is officially over, and is now in the post-production process.

The series had begun production but after an accident onset involving lead actor John Cho, the production has been delayed.

John Cho Injury

Cho suffered an injury during the last take of a “well-rehearsed routine,” and has been flown back to Los Angeles for surgery and then extensive rehabilitation.

In November 2019, John Cho posted on Instagram that he was on the mend.

On The Mend Instagram John Cho

John Cho reports he’s on the mend – Picture: JohnCho/Instagram

We’ve had plenty of pictures from the set of Cowboy Bebop over time.

This Reddit post revealed the prep that went into filming in Auckland at the Spark Arena.

There have also been numerous leaked set photos of the live-action series too.

Cowboy Bebop Behind The Scenes

How many episodes will Cowboy Bebop season 1 air?

The first season of Cowboy Bebop will have ten episodes.

Are you looking forward to the release of Cowboy Bebop season 1? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 as a fulltime writer having worked in numerous other industries until that point. Jacob covers all things Netflix whether that's TV or movies but specializes in covering new anime and K-dramas. Resides in Norwich in the United Kingdom.