In their never-ending quest to smother us all in original series, Netflix has given a 10-episode order to a Cowboy Bebop live-action series, adapted from the much-loved Japanese anime series. The first episode will be written by Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok writer Christopher Yost, with Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the original anime, on board as a consultant.
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Way back in 2008, Keanu Reeves was pegged to star as Spike Spiegel in a live-action film adaptation of the influential 1998 anime series Cowboy Bebop. An ambitious script was written by Peter Craig (The Town), but it may have ultimately been a bit too ambitious: Reeves speculated it would cost $500 million to film it, and the project eventually faded away.
But Cowboy Bebop is too popular to ignore, and now a new live-action adaptation is in the works: this time, though, it’s being devised as a television series.
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Sony and Escape Artists are still trying to bring an old series of 30-minute toy commercials back to the big screen, but somehow, cracking the approach to Masters of the Universe has proven difficult. A few approaches have been taken over the past decade, from Justin Marks’ well-regarded script Grayskull that fell by the wayside long ago, to other efforts that have also failed to hit the screen. (So far, at least. )
Now Christopher Yost, who wrote on Thor: The Dark World and has his hands in Thor: Ragnarok as well, is going to sharpen He-Man’s sword. Read More »
Briefly: There’s little info on this one at this point, but just one day after Marvel started to confirm plans for a third Captain America movie, a third Thor film is going into motion. One of the first key players is chosen from within Marvel’s offices.
Craig Kyle, writer and producer for many of Marvel’s animated efforts, a producer on both previous Thor films, and who has been a VP of Production and Development at Marvel, will co-wrote Thor 3. His partner will be Christopher Yost, who did a polish on the Thor: The Dark World script.
There’s no information on their story approach, nor of a possible director. That said, Kyle has teased the potential of Ragnarok in interviews given over the past year, so that could be something to look forward to. [Variety]