Netflix, The Ballsy Sods, Are Doing A ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Live-Action Series

They’re doing it. The crazy bloody lunatics, they’re actually doing it. Netflix has just revealed they are moving ahead with an actual, legitimate, no fooling, live-action Cowboy Bebop adaptation. Mother of god.

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The streaming giant announced that the long-mooted adaptation of possibly the singularly most beloved and influential anime series of all time will be brought to life via a post to Twitter made just a few short minutes ago.

Variety reports that Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of the live-action series, adapted from the original jazz-influenced space noir series that originally ran for 26 genre-bending episodes in 1998.

The project has been in the works since last year, and original director Shinichiro Watanabe has signed onto the project as a consulting producer, assist production house Tomorrow Studios in crafting the new series. Yasuo MiyakawaMasayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki of the show’s original production studio Sunrise Inc. are also serving as executive producers on the new project.

The show, which was a critical and commercial success despite its relatively short original run, revolved around a rag-tag group of bounty hunters pursuing the solar system’s most notorious criminals while simultaneously running from their past. It generally borrowed heavily from the western and neo-noir genres, but bounced around others at various times, and balanced its acerbic tone with deft thematic use of loneliness, existential ennui, and similar complex emotions.

It also had an absolutely banging soundtrack, spearheaded by Japanese composer Yoko Kanno, who formed the now-revered blues and jazz outfit Seatbelts specifically for production on Bebop. The show’s lead theme is arguably one of the best TV theme tunes in the history of the medium. It absolutely slaps.

Quite obviously there’s no word on just how Netflix plans on bringing a live-action Cowboy Bebop to life, and there’s certainly no word on any potential casting at this stage (casting Spike Spiegel and Jet Black properly is gonna be a time, I tell you) nor is there any indication on when the series will arrive on Netflix.

But with a series order behind it now, it’s only a matter of time before we see the space cowboy once again.

Hell. Yes.