The adaptation of this fan-favourite anime about a group of misfit bounty hunters. Which is going through some significant delays since it the announcement in June of 2017. First, John Cho, playing the lead role of Spike Spiegel, sustained a severe knee injury during filming that halted production for a solid 7-8 months.
Then, COVID-19 saw the production team placing all projects on hold for health and safety concerns. Especially as filming locations in New Zealand shut down for film and television productions during the pandemic
However, as things have begun to open back up, executive producers Jeff Pinkner and Marty Adelstein and writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach have been teasing fans with information about the series’ progress. And things are looking up for fans of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and the rest of the crew of the Bebop.
Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop Release Date
The live-action Cowboy Bebop adaptation’s original release for 2020 can most likely happen soon. However, John Cho’s knee injury can be a significant reason why the production is delaying for nearly half a year now. The actor has significant physical therapy and rehabilitation at the moment for a faster recovery. With New Zealand shutting down in the middle of a global pandemic. Due to which production is slowing down the process and therefore resulting in a delay.
However, with Cho’s recovery and restrictions lifting, the writers are starting to release more teasers for the series. Hopefully, things seem to be on schedule for a 2021 release. Meanwhile, writer and executive producer Jeff Pinkner (Fringe and Lost) on scripts for the second season.
While everyone is very tight-lipped about exactly when the release date will come, most likely because they are still unclear when the first season finishes, and even after the delays, everyone is confident that fans will finally experience the Cowboy Bebop sometime in 2021. Along with many other films that are delaying due to coronavirus.
Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop Potential Storyline
Cowboy Bebop fans are understandably restless about seeing a live-action remake of the beloved anime. Most importantly, the special combination of science fiction and comedy. With a variety of other genres and wacky jazz, the theme makes it difficult to replicate. It is also a significant part of the reason Cowboy Bebop still holds up over 20-years later. The writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach gave a recent interview. He explains that the production team’s priority is to do right by the anime.
The adaptation will attempt to find a balance between maintaining the spirit of the original series. The upcoming work will still adapt the story to changing times and audiences.
Plus the fans will get to see a new medium of live-action versus animation.
The most notable reference of this is the modernization of Faye Valentine’s outfit. There is also a reduction in the amount of smoking that will be shown in the live-action show. Overall, however, with the amount of attention and detail that the writers, director, and producers are bringing to the project, fans have much to look forward to in this new adaptation of Cowboy Bebop.