Cowboy Bebop Production Delay

Just a couple weeks ago, Netflix showed off the production of their live-action series adaptation of the massively popular anime series Cowboy Bebop with a behind the scenes featurette straight from the set in New Zealand. Unfortunately, that’ll be the last glimpse we see of the production for awhile, because it’s now halted for seven to nine months after John Cho sustained a knee injury in a freak accident that happened “on the last take of a routine and well-rehearsed scene.” Find out more about the Cowboy Bebop production delay below. Read More »

cowboy bebop first look

You can’t have Cowboy Bebop without the classic anime’s very good corgi, and the Netflix remake is bringing Ein to the forefront in its first behind-the-scenes look at the production. The western sci-fi series begins filming today, and Netflix celebrated the occasion with a special corgi-cam video of the behind-the-scenes production.

The corgi playing the beloved “data dog” gets to wander around the Netflix offices and drink from a special embossed bowl while Cowboy Bebop stars John Cho, Daniella Pineda, Mustafa Shakir, and Alex Hassell fawn over it in a behind-the-scenes Cowboy Bebop first look.

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cowboy bebop cast

Every western neo-noir needs a doomed ingenue, and the beautifully tragic Julia is that to John Cho‘s grizzled bounty hunter Spike Siegel in Netflix’s upcoming Cowboy Bebop adaptation. The live-action remake of the acclaimed anime series created by Shinichiro Watanabe has found its Julia in Elena Satine, best known for her roles in Twin Peaks: The ReturnStrange Angel, and Revenge. Satine joins the Cowboy Bebop cast four months after Cho was announced as the lead in the 10-episode Netflix series.

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cowboy bebop live-action cast

Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop series has lassoed its cast. In an inspired piece of casting, John Cho has been cast as Spike Siegel, the bounty hunter who leads a motley crew aboard the spaceship Bebop, in the live-action adaptation of the seminal genre-bending anime series created by Shinichiro Watanabe. Joining Cho in the Cowboy Bebop live-action cast are Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, and Alex Hassell.

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Anime fans around the country clutched their chests in fear as they read the fateful words that Netflix is planning on adapting Cowboy Bebop into a 10 episode live-action miniseries.

If you’re an American anime fan like me, then you’ve probably been a person who has had to suffer through several horrible live-action adaptations. It seems like Hollywood never gets their approach to live-action anime correct. Sometimes, it can seem like the industry doesn’t even try.

Therefore, I’ve provided a set of lessons Hollywood should have learned from their past mistakes. Maybe by outlining them, the powers that be can finally get the message, learn what to do, and make Cowboy Bebop actually awesome.

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cowboy bebop live-action series

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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cowboy bebop

April 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Shinichiro Watanabe’s anime series Cowboy Bebop. I, like millions of Americans in the late ’90s, discovered Cowboy Bebop on Cartoon Network’s run of Toonami, where the network would showcase a sampling of Japan’s best animation. From Sailor Moon to Gundam Wing they would play the anime that would influence a generation and fans and creators alike.

Cowboy Bebop was one of those animes. Airing late at night, Cowboy Bebop became an instant favorite for me and my sister. We shared a room and we would watch as Spike, Jet, Faye, Edward, and Ein traversed the universe and wrangled up some bounties, all while telling their tragic backstories. Cowboy Bebop indeed broke the mold on what anime could be for American audiences, paving the way for revolutionary storytelling and iconic visuals that would be copied for years to come.

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blade runner anime

With the long-awaited sequel, Blade Runner 2049, soon to hit theaters, indubitably the question will be raised of what happened in the years that passed between the two films.

While other franchises have taken to comic books or novelizations to fill in the holes, Blade Runner will release an anime, helmed by the director of Cowboy Bebop. It’s somewhat fitting for a franchise that has so heavily influenced the cyberpunk wave of anime in the ’90s — which has made it back to the big screen in this year’s adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.

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Cowboy Bebop Live Action Series in the Works

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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Joshua Budich anime art

If you’re in the continental US, it’s hard to get closer to Japan than San Francisco. That makes the Bay City the perfect place for artist Joshua Budich‘s first solo show Otaku Obscura, a tribute to the art of Japanese animation. Opening October 4 at Spoke Art in San Francisco, Budich has created 28 brand new prints based on some of the most famous and popular anime of all time. Films like Akira, My Neighbor Totoro, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, Princess Mononoke and Cowboy Bebop.

Below, we’ve got just some of the gorgeous pieces of Joshua Budich anime art that’ll appear in the show including a /Film exclusive. Check them out below. Read More »