In the wake of Netflix canceling yet another fan favorite from Marvel, the blow was somewhat cushioned by the announcement of a live-action adaptation of one of the greatest and most beloved anime series of all time— Cowboy Bebop.
It is one of the many book, comic, game, and anime adaptions currently in the works from the streaming service, which includes The Witcher and their live-action adaption of the anime Death Note that released earlier in 2017.
Cowboy Bebop, from famed anime director Shinichiro Watanabe, follows the exploits of bounty hunters aboard the starship Bebop. The critically acclaimed anime takes inspiration from many sources such as 1960s cinema, Westerns, Bruce Lee, and much more.
Just 26 episodes long, it also featured an unbelievably good Jazz soundtrack as demonstrated by its one hell of a good intro theme.
This isn’t this first time a live-action Cowboy Bebop has been in the works. Years ago, Hollywood star and all-around great guy Keanu Reeves was pushing for an adaption, as well as playing the lead character, Spike Spiegel.
Unfortunately, it fell into “development hell” and nothing ever came from it, and it’s unlikely Keanu will be attached to the Netflix series despite fan hopes.
Over on social media, the debate on whether the adaption will be any good has already begun. So far, fans are being cautiously optimistic, but if the Death Note adaptation is any indication, some concerns are warranted.
Another topic of debate is who will play the role of Spike Spiegel, or rather, what will the ethnicity of the person playing him be?
While Watanabe modeled Spike’s looks after Japanese actor Yasaku Matsuda, fans have pointed out that the name Spike Spiegel is pretty damn Jewish. Good or bad, white or Japanese, we’ll know soon enough when the series launches sometime in 2019.