While none of Hollywood’s live-action movie adaptations of anime have really worked out creatively or fiscally, Christopher Yost is looking to turn things around… By taking a live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop to the small screen.
Variety is reporting that Christopher Yost (whose credits include multiple comic books and the movies Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok) is handling the script for a television series adapting Cowboy Bebop to western audiences. The series will be produced by Midnight Radio (Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg), Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, and Matthew Weinberg. More importantly, Sunset Inc., who released the original iteration of the anime, will be executive producing the show.
Cowboy Bebop is a science fiction series set in the late 21st century following the discovery and implementation of hyperspace travel. Given that crime has grown exponentially across the Solar System since this technology was introduced, the governments of the world have reinstated a system of bounty hunters to help with law enforcement. The series revolves around the exploits of one such group of bounty hunters (referred to as “Cowboys”) who serve as the crew to their ship, the Bebop (hence the show’s name).
While anime has always had a niche audience in the United States since the 80s and 90s, there’s never seemed to be enough of a demand for it for any live-action movie adapation to really break out and be successful (hence why the most recent attempt, Ghost In The Shell, lost the studio quite a bit of money). Perhaps keeping the scope and budget limited to the small screen will work out in favor of Cowboy Bebop, or perhaps the show will continue the trend of disappointment that continues to suggest that anime is best suited to remain a hand-drawn affair.