Variety is reporting that Netflix has given a series order for the live-action adaptation of the popular anime series Cowboy Bebop.
The animated series, which originally aired in 1998 consisting of twenty-six episodes, focused on Spike Spiegel and his fellow group of bounty hunters ( Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed), known as cowboys, jumping around the galaxy attempting to capture bad guys and survive some of the most intense dangers the galaxy has to offer.
The animated series was a success in the Western market, being one of the few animes credited with introducing Western viewers to animate and often cited as being one of the best anime series of all time. The series would also receive a feature film treatment in 2001 with Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, which received mostly positive reviews from critics.
The live-action adaptation hails from Tomorrow Studios, who have been developing the project since June last year, when it was originally a joint venture with ITV Studios, which will now become a co-production instead with Netflix. Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the anime series, will serve as a consultant on the project, whilst Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio will serve as executive producers. Shin Sasaki will also serve as executive producer on the project under the Sunrise Inc. banner (which also happens to be the studio behind the anime series) alongside Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios, Tetsu Fujimura and Matthew Weinberg.