A ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Live-Action TV Show Is Happening, but Can It Top the Anime?

Brian Linder
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Cowboy Bebop is coming to TV in the form of a new live-action series from Tomorrow Studios and Sunset Inc.

There’s no cast attached to the Cowboy Bebop live-action series at this time, but it does have a writer. Comic book and film/tv writer Chris Yost is adapting the series. That’s all there is to know at this time — no estimated arrival date or anything, but we’ll keep you posted. But let’s talk about what’s REALLY on the minds of Cowboy Bebop fans…

Cowboy Bebop is a hugely popular anime and expectations will be high.

Cowboy Bebop is one of the most well-loved anime of all time. Just saying the phrase “see you, space cowboy” can evoke an emotional response in most fans. It’s a brilliant sci-fi action-drama about a crew of bounty hunters.

The varied crew consists of former crime syndicate member Spike, military man Jet, bounty-hunter Faye, kid genius Ed, and dog genius Ein.

Can a Cowboy Bebop live-action show reproduce the fan-favorite characters?

ICYMI, over the course of its 26 episodes, Cowboy Bebop deals with themes of loss, trauma, and abandonment with grace and maturity. Each of the members of the crew is lost in some way, and the show details their triumphs and failures as they travel through space.

The characters are multi-faceted with complex backstories. Any live-action series will have to nail the complexity of these characters in order to please fans and be a genuine success.

Is a Cowboy Bebop live-action series really necessary?

Cowboy Bebop features outstanding animation, voice acting, and writing, which begs the question… Does it really NEED a live-action adaptation?

It’s going to be hard for any live-action TV series to match the original anime, but it would be very cool to see it done properly. Keep your fingers crossed, space cowboys.

Brian Linder
Brian is a Sr. Content Producer at FANDOM. He's been on the fan-media scene since dial-up. Arriving at FANDOM via IGN, Brian was a founding editor at early Star Wars fansite TheForce.net and co-created the movie site, FilmForce, acquired by IGN in 2006. He's a fan of space operas and superheroes.
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