Cowboy Bebop, one of Japan’s most critically and commercially successful anime series, is poised to become a live-action television show.
Variety reports the adaptation is being developed by Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between British production company ITV Studios and TV producer Marty Adelstein (Prison Break, Teen Wolf). It will be executive produced by Sunset Inc., the studio behind the original anime, and written by Chris Yost (X-Men: Evolution, Thor: Ragnarok).
Airing from 1998 to 2000, original series was set in the year 2071, and followed the bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop — Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Edward Wong and the intelligent Corgi Ein — as they track down criminals. Renowned for its soundtrack, exploration of philosophical concepts and blend of genres, Cowboy Bebop gained a global following. Fox previously had planned a live-action movie adaptation starring Keanu Reeves as Spike, but that fell through.
The series inspired an animated film in 2001 with Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, which was set in the latter portion of the 26-episode anime series.
In addition to Sunset Inc., the live-action Cowboy Bebop will be executive produced by Adelstein, Becky Clements, Matthew Weinberg and Midnight Radio, a banner established by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg.